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STROKES ON AND OFF THE GRID
Often, medics in remote areas are confronted with a major challenge. Some of these challenges relate to wilderness exposure, or perhaps, an accident while performing activities of daily survival. Give me an axe and set me to chopping wood and you’ll probably see what I mean.
Sometimes the challenge faced by the medic isn’t from some external trauma, but internal; problems so severe that, even in normal times, there are limits to the options available for treatment. One issue that fits this description is the Cerebro-Vascular Accident (CVA), also known as a “stroke”.
Although modern medicine can do more for stroke victims than the pioneer medic, it’s important for an off-grid healthcare provider to recognize the signs and symptoms of a stroke and to act quickly to improve a victim’s chances of survival.
WHAT IS A STROKE?
A CVA, or stroke, is a medical event in which a blood vessel that supplies the brain with oxygen becomes blocked or leaks blood. The effect is that tissue served by that blood vessel becomes starved of oxygen. Within a few short minutes, the region affected begins to die, and functions controlled by that part of the brain are lost or impaired.
Uncontrolled high blood pressure is considered to be a major risk factor for a stroke. Other predisposing factors include diabetes, tobacco, obesity, and some heart irregularities. In a sizable number of cases, however, no obvious cause is ever identified.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in the United States, with about 800,000 cases a year. Of those that survive a stroke, many are left with significant permanent disability; a percentage do not survive more than a year afterward.
TYPES OF STROKES
The failure to provide oxygen-carrying blood to the brain could happen in one of two ways:
- A blood clot obstructs a blood vessel that is needed to maintain circulation (“perfusion”) to the brain. This is called an “ischemic” stroke and is the most common type.
- Blood from an artery, vein, or an abnormal structure leaks into brain tissue or the space between the brain and the membranes that cover it. This can happen due to trauma, blood-thinning medication, or other causes, and is known as a “hemorrhagic stroke”.
Sometimes, hemorrhage can occur in the area of an ischemic stroke, blurring the line between the two types.
Ischemic strokes can be caused by a number of issues, including:
- Thrombosis: A blood clot forms locally, causing obstruction.
- Embolism: A blood clot forms elsewhere in the body and travels through the circulation to lodge in the brain.
- Systemic Hypoperfusion: An inadequate amount of blood gets to the brain due to, say, severe bleeding, as in hemorrhagic shock.
When blood leaks into brain tissue, it places pressure on sensitive brain cells, causing significant damage. Hemorrhagic strokes can be caused by uncontrolled high blood pressure or, less commonly, by a malformation of a blood vessel known as an “aneurysm”. An aneurysm is a weakness in a vessel wall that looks like a tiny balloon; if it bursts, a catastrophic bleed into brain tissue can occur.
Certain medications that suppress blood clotting may increase the risk of CVA. I mention this as a nod to my father, who survived a heart attack only to have a hemorrhagic stroke from blood thinners given to him in the aftermath. He died a few weeks later.
Hemorrhagic strokes can occur:
In the brain tissue itself: This is known as an “intracerebral” hemorrhage and is the most common hemorrhagic stroke.
Between the brain and the thin membranes that surround it: This type, albeit less common, can accumulate a significant amount of blood and cause severe pressure on brain tissue.
TRANSIENT ISCHEMIC ATTACKS (TIAs)
Occasionally, the medic may encounter a short-term event called a “Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA)”. Sometimes referred to as a “mini-stroke”, a TIA can present as minimal or significant symptoms, which are, well, transient in nature. In a classic TIA, symptoms will disappear for the most part within two hours or so.
Despite this, it is impossible to know whether you’re dealing with a major stroke or a TIA when first presented with the victim. Those who experience a TIA, even if all symptoms disappear, will be at higher risk for a major stroke in the near future.
Click the link below to read an account by a real person of her TIA experience:
IDENTIFYING A STROKE
The CDC has compiled a list of symptoms that point the medic to the diagnosis of a stroke. By learning these (often unmistakable) signs, quick action may lead to lives saved and function restored. Stroke victims will often exhibit the sudden onset of:
- Severe headache
- Numbness or weakness affecting (usually) one side of the face, arm, or leg.
- Trouble speaking or inability to understand speech.
- Difficulty with vision in one or both eyes
- Confusion or dizziness
- Trouble walking
- Loss of coordination
The CDC recommends the memorization of “F.A.S.T.”, a simple way to help with stroke diagnosis and treatment:
Face: Smile. Does one side of the face sag?
Arms: Raise both of the victim’s arms and see if one droops.
Speech: Have the victim say a common phrase: Does it sound strange or slurred?
Time: Call 9-1-1 right away if you notice any of these symptoms (of course, this won’t be an option off the grid).
It’s important to note when symptoms started and when the victim was last seen well. The longer the time frame between wellness and debilitation, the more likely there’ll be long-term consequences.
TREATING A STROKE
The presentation of a stroke victim is oftentimes quite striking and an observant medic will make the diagnosis quickly. Rapid action may help preserve function and even life.
The majority of CVAs are ischemic in nature. In normal times, a patient with this type of stroke can be treated with a powerful IV therapy called tPA that helps break up clots (must be given within three hours). Procedures can also be performed that might be successful in removing the clot that’s blocking the circulation.
In the absence of modern medical facilities, blood thinners like aspirin may be of use. If no aspirin is available, Salicin from the underbark of willow trees will have a similar effect.
It should be noted that a hemorrhagic stroke may actually worsen with the use of blood thinners like aspirin. As many of these are caused by elevated blood pressures, anti-hypertensive meds may help to reduce damage caused. Blood pressure is usually at its lowest if the patient is placed on their left side. If caused by an aneurysm, surgical procedures may be necessary.
Recovery from a stroke is not impossible. The National Stroke Association reports 10% will experience almost complete recovery, with another 25% with minor impairments. Reports suggest that most recovery occurs soon after a stroke, but improvement may still occur over a longer period of time, especially with rehabilitation.
With the lack of modern medical facilities in the aftermath of a disaster, the hard reality may be that major medical events like strokes may be very difficult to deal with. The medic’s motto may have to be: “Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.”
Joe Alton MD
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RE-THINKING SCHOOL SAFETY
A high school in Sante Fe, Texas was the scene of a mass murder recently, with at least 10 people killed and as many more wounded. A 17-year-old student, who was able to take a shotgun, a pistol, and some “pipe bombs” onto the school grounds, has been identified as the assailant.
Unfortunately, incidents like that at Sante Fe High School make headlines on a regular basis. Schools have been the most recent targets, but churches, workplaces, and other “Gun Free” zones are equally at risk.
Those who are disturbed, disgruntled, or politically motivated are often armed, not only with weapons, but with a blueprint: a blueprint drawn up by previous attacks, and still a work in progress. It is constantly being tweaked to maximize casualties, and any potential killer can access it just by reading `
Given the “success” that the unhinged have had, it is amazing that most still consider mass shootings to be something that happens elsewhere. The sad truth is that there’s no reason to believe your home town is immune to such events. This became painfully clear as a shooter killed 17 at a high school just a few miles from our home in February, 2018.
Attitudes may, however, be changing. When a teenage girl was interviewed by a news outlet, she said:
“It’s been happening everywhere, I’ve always kind of felt it like eventually it was going to happen here too. I wasn’t surprised, I was just scared.”
This is perhaps the saddest statement of the New Normal: The average teenager is no longer surprised that a mass casualty event might occur at her school.
It’s time to replace complacency and fear with action to keep our schools safe. A number of steps can be taken that might help in this mission.
Improving security is clearly a priority, but how exactly can this be accomplished? Placing trained security at school entrances is of paramount importance. Many schools have taken steps in this direction, but more are needed both in numbers and visibility. If it is obvious that trained, armed security is a feature of every school entrance, some gunmen may abort their missions.
Entrances should funnel visitors through areas with trained security and, perhaps, scanners that can identify weapons. Entry points should be limited in number, and most should be locked down except for emergency exits. School perimeters should be fenced and monitored.
Of course, some will ask how schools can afford multiple professional security officers. The question should be: How can our society afford to have our children mowed down in these attacks? The price for school safety isn’t cheap, but it’s too important to pinch pennies.
Some areas might be able to supplement their paid personnel with trained volunteers. There are likely a number of people in each community who are committed to school safety and willing to donate some time to keep students safe. These people can be assembled into teams and trained to identify threats, notify authorities, and provide first aid when needed.
An issue that should be addressed immediately is the protocol related to fire alarms. Shooters have learned to pull alarms in order to get targets out of classrooms into corridors, where they are easier targets. This tactic was used by the gunman in the South Florida high school incident. At Sante Fe, a teacher set off the alarm in an effort to warn of the attack, but with the same end result: multitudes of unsuspecting targets densely packed in the halls.
Fire alarms are necessary, of course, and an orderly process is needed to move large numbers of students out of buildings. The same process isn’t the best strategy for terror events, however. A clearly different alarm, possibly a siren or foghorn, should warn of this type of incident; trained staff should then respond by entering and quickly exploring hallways while awaiting police response.
Instilling a culture of situational awareness would be a way to decrease future attacks and casualties. Situational awareness is a state of calm, relaxed observation that maximizes the ability to spot threats. These threats are known as “anomalies”; learning to recognize them can identify suspicious individuals and save lives.
Situational awareness also involves always having a plan of action when a threat occurs, even if it’s as simple as making a note of the nearest exit at the mall. This may seem like plain old common sense, but in this era of smartphones, so many of our youngsters are oblivious of their surroundings. Before, the worst that could happen was a bump on the head for walking into a streetlamp. Today, the consequences may be much worse.
Teach our citizens to avoid the natural paralysis that occurs in unexpected circumstances. The gunman at Sante Fe caused twenty casualties; a shooting at a Orlando nightclub caused 200. it’s possible that quick action while a gun was being reloaded might have made a difference in the outcome.
Having said that, it’s hard to act when your brain isn’t trained to do so. When such training occurs at a young age, however, it becomes second nature and might save lives. A strategy such as the Department of Homeland Security’s “Run, Hide, Fight” triad are simple enough and could be part of the answer.
Given the importance of saving lives, why not train our students in simple first aid techniques to stop bleeding? Rapid action by bystanders is well-known to decrease the number of deaths from hemorrhage. Add “Reducing” bleeding to “Reading, ‘Riting, and ‘Rithmetic” as part of school curriculum, and lives might be saved.
Identify persons of interest through their social media posts. Many active shooters are vocal about their intentions. You might be concerned about “big brother” monitoring our public conversations on Facebook and other sites, but you must answer this question: How many deaths might occur as a result of ignoring warning signs? Privacy and public safety must achieve a reasonable balance.
We must always be on the lookout for signs of trouble. Even if this drives some potential gunmen underground, it might identify others in time to prevent an attack.
Provide first aid kits for bleeding in public venues that can be accessed by those at the scene. With supplies, the Good Samaritan will be more likely to save a life. I predict that these kits will be fixtures on the wall next to the fire extinguisher in the uncertain future. Although you might consider it overkill, putting a tourniquet in your high school student’s backpack (and teaching them how to use it) may not be a bad idea. So is the idea of buying a gun safe to limit access appropriately.
Of course, the recent debate on arming teachers must depend on the community. In some areas, few teachers will have firearms
training. In others, many will. Simple possession of a weapon, however, is useless without knowledge and experience in its use.
Despite the above recommendations, our response as a nation has been slow to correct the problem. I say that era must end. Let’s stop being “soft” targets. We must forsake the notion that shootings are just part and parcel of the New Normal. Instead, we must begin the process by which we change our attitude and level of vigilance as a society.
You don’t have to be a Department of Homeland Security official to know that there are more active shooter events on the horizon. A prepared nation wouldn’t be invulnerable to attacks, but its citizens would have a better chance to survive them
Joe Alton MD
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Of all the public activities that humans like to do naked, swimming ranks first, but gardening in the buff comes in as a close second. It makes sense that gardeners like to garden naked. I mean, how much closer can you get to nature?
That’s why so many gardeners, farmers, homesteaders, and permaculturists get excited about World Naked Gardening Day. It’s a day to celebrate the natural human form, to get back to nature, and to throw away convention and let it all hang out!
World Naked Gardening Day isn’t associated with any specific company or individual. It is simply a day where people all over the world encourage each other to garden in the nude. Sounds pretty great, right?
The Do’s and Don’ts of World Naked Gardening Day
World Naked Gardening Day is meant to be celebrated by whomever, wherever. But unless you live in the middle of nowhere with lots of acreage and zero neighbors, there are a few things you should keep in mind to make yourself and everyone around you much more comfortable about this “holiday.”
- Don’t participate if your garden is in your front yard.
- Don’t participate if your garden is a community garden or on public property of any kind.
- Don’t forget to warn everyone who may be living in your house/on your property. No one wants a surprise like that first thing in the morning when they wake up and look out the window.
- Do have a great time!
- Do clean possible grass, dirt, and other debris out of your tits and bits after celebrating this “holiday.”
- Do get creative! Go over to the forums and share your pictures and ideas!
- Do participate no matter how you look. We love the human body in all shapes!
‘I want to participate, but how…?’
Now that you have an idea of what you probably should and shouldn’t do, you’re most likely wondering how you can show your friends that you participated without leaking your own nudes.
Like I said earlier, you’ve gotta get creative! But if you’re having a hard time with that, here are a few ideas to make your pictures more appropriate:
- Use an apron and have a photoshoot with all the vegetables you plan on cooking for dinner.
- If you’re a guy, simply turn around.
- Use hand shovels or lettuce leaves to cover your breasts.
- Use a meticulously placed watering can.
- Peek your head and shoulders out from behind trees and bushes.
- Use a potted plant or two.
If you follow the tips in this article, you’ll be able to celebrate this fun holiday without creating too much of a stir among your friends and neighbors. Now go out there, get close to nature, and enjoy World Naked Gardening Day!
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There is a monster in the heart of our nation. Scientists are paying attention. They are trying to figure out how to cool this monster off and they are also trying to figure out when this monster will wake up. The Yellowstone super volcano is that monster. It is stirring as well. We have to …
Camping is a popular outdoor activity in Lebanon, but not many would undertake it as a permanent lifestyle. Every now and then, a young and talented group comes together to create wonderful psychedelic raves for the Lebanese community. We travel to the mountains, deep in the forest, and far from civilization in order to set up these events.
Every event is at a different location. This reduces the risk of getting caught by the police which would result in closing down the party and paying a large fine. This event in the video was held in a small village located in-between mountains a two-hour drive from Beirut. Just on the outskirts of the village and deep into the mountains, there is a private landowner. He lives off-grid in a cabin house along with his wife and two kids and is of course quite shy and retiring so there are no photos of him. He was kind enough to allow the organizers to create the event on his land.
There is a grand exchange in experience. For them, it is a change in scenery and a real buzz to see all the strangers dancing to weird electronic music. For the party-goers, it is amazing to see how a family can fully function happily off-grid!
Organizers of the raves head to the location around midday and begin to set up the event. This includes installing generators, sound system, and lighting along with the DJ booth, dance floor and food stands. Ravers soon begin to arrive with their tents and light. preparing multiple bonfires. As soon as the sun sets, the incredible two-day rave begins. From LED hula-hoops to fire-spinning, talented young ravers give spectacular performances that highlight the event. Dancing till sunrise and continuing to the next day is embedded in the system of a Lebanese raver. Although there is not much sleeping involved, people do bring their pillows and mattresses and keep them in their cars. Being an animal friendly environment, dogs also have their share in enjoying the rave!
With breathtaking nature reserves and astonishing views, Lebanon has many great places to live off-grid. However, not many go for the option. Perhaps because Lebanon is a third-world country, luxury is a big factor in the thinking of a Lebanese citizen. So it is mainly foreigners who live off-grid.
Watch the video here: http://ow.ly/6Tu730gpZ0j
Every September we love to celebrate National Preparedness Month here on the blog. We do things like our annual 7 Day Challenge (more details on that coming up later this week), offer sales and specials (our book and WonderMills are currently on sale), and try to get everyone involved in working together to learn and practice to be more prepared.
This year we are extra excited to be part of an amazing online event called the Back to Basics Living Summit which is also being held this month. Be prepared for some wonderful interviews, video content, slideshow tutorials and more! This is a gathering of some of the top influencers in the back to basics movement, covering topics from gardening, preserving, backyard livestock, urban homesteading, and more! If you want to up your self-reliance game, this event is a no-brainer.
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What is the first thing to disappear off the shelves in an emergency? Water, that is the main thing I heard people on the news saying, everyone was out of water, and of course food is close behind of the things that will be stripped from the shelves. Fuel, batteries, paper plates and other things that don’t require washing. I have said it again and again, don’t wait until the emergency is on your doorstep to begin to prep, be ready long before that storm, hurricane, power outage or whatever might occur. It’s not a matter of IF, it’s a matter of WHEN, these things will happen and you can either be the folks standing in long lines, possibly leaving empty handed, or you can be the smart people who are ready for whatever may come.
It’s so much easier to prep ahead of time, you can do it little by little each week or payday, rather than worrying about how much money you will have to spend, that is IF the water, food and fuel are even available, you will be sitting at home, safe with your family, ready to ride out whatever is coming.
This is something I will never understand, people who live on the coast, they KNOW that each year there are possibilities of storms, hurricanes, cyclones, tropical storms, and yet when it happens, the news is full of stories of empty shelves at the grocery stores, long lines, running out of fuel at the gas stations, the hardware stores running out of plywood sheets to cover windows… this goes for people living in other areas that are prone to natural disasters, earthquakes, wildfires, storms, up north where they can get deep snow and ice, anyone who lives in a place that can have weather that can cause power outages or prevent you from getting out.
Even if you are on the thinnest of budgets, you can buy a few extra cans of food, things that don’t require heating, buy an inexpensive MANUAL can opener and make sure it works properly. You can buy up one or two gallons of water a week or payday, those only cost a dollar or so each, you don’t have to get the expensive H2O, get the cheapest you can find and stash it away. Buy up some cheap paper plates and plastic eating utensils, some wet wipes and hand sanitizer. Don’t forget about your pets, a few extra cans of food will not break the bank.
Try to have some comfort food, snacks that do not require refrigeration or heating. If you have children, it’s a good idea to have a few coloring books and crayons or colored pencils to help keep them occupied. Also you can invest in some board games, chess, checkers, Life, whatever you like, you can find these inexpensively in the dollar stores.
Depending on the time of the year, you will need to keep warm or cool, warm clothes and blankets will get you through a cold snap, if it’s summer, you will just have to open the windows (if you can), or sit outside, have some clean spray bottles filled with water to mist yourself and hand fans will help keep you cool until the power comes back on.
The important thing here is to have all or most of these things BEFORE the emergency hits. I sincerely hope everyone down in southern Texas on the coast and the other states on the gulf coast get through this OK, hopefully folks will learn from this and not be caught off guard next time.
Like a flower growing out of a crack in the wall, the southern town of Uncertain sits on the border between Texas and Louisiana, so named because early surveyors couldn’t be sure to which state this out-of-the-way burg actually belonged. The population, mostly poor or in some way seeking to avoid the law, hovers in the double-digits — 94, according to a sign on the city limits, although it seems that residents are either dying or leaving faster than they can be replenished.
Like a documentary version of “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” complete with the looming threat of a surreal environmental catastrophe (in this case, an invasive fern-like plant called salvinia that’s “swallowing up” the lake and suffocating the fish), “Uncertain” focuses on a handful of these locals, individuals whose fates mirror the town’s name. In another director’s hands, the residents might be labeled “eccentric” and condescendingly depicted for laughs, but Ewan McNicol and Anna Sandilands approach this touch-and-go community with curiosity and humanism, capturing what feels like a deciding moment in a series of struggles so remote, they would otherwise escape our notice entirely.
Finally trickling into a few theaters — and iTunes — nearly two years after it premiered at the 2015 Tribeca film festival, where its directors won the Albert Maysles Documentary Director Award, a movie like this isn’t apt to inspire any spontaneous pilgrimages (it’s hard enough attracting audiences to visit the town vicariously on screen). “Uncertain is not on the way to anywhere,” says the local sheriff. “You’ve either got to know where you’re going or be lost to find it.”
Those who have come to Uncertain are generally trying to escape something — the law, mostly. They are haunted, at any rate, which makes for an evocative portrait of several rugged souls whom the directors met after setting out to learn what they might find in a town with such an intriguing name. To join them is to step back in time to a place that looks positively primeval (the swamp-like Cabbo Lake is shrouded in mist and the thick grey moss that hangs from surrounding cypress branches), where barely-employed locals spend their time hunting and fishing, or else trying to forget their troubles at the town bar (or in the case of the opening scene, passed out drunk in a drifting rowboat).
Instantly fascinating, the film’s various characters speak in a thick Texas drawl, sometimes so strong that they require subtitles to understand. Now in his seventies, Henry recalls how the other black folk in town resented him for having white friends, calling him an “Uncle Tom,” which blew up in an altercation where he shot another man in the face. Roughly a generation younger, recovering addict Wayne was also responsible for taking another man’s life, albeit under very different circumstances (the film even includes video of his arrest). He invites the filmmakers along for late-night hunting sessions, as he stalks a wild boar with his muzzleloading rifle. A scruffy white kid covered in amateur tattoos, diabetic Zach doesn’t see much future in Uncertain (where people “retire at 21,” he says) and decides to try his luck in Austin.
Visually, this gorgeously photographed film (lensed by McNicol himself) recalls the work of Cannes-anointed documentarian Robert Minervini, albeit a gentler view of marginal American lives than those seen in “The Other Side.” Though shot digitally, the footage goes a long way to suggest the organic texture of the lakeside community: the muggy, mosquito-filled air; the eerie serenity out on the water, or in the woods; the old bait shop with its peeling paint job. The line between animal and human, nature and civilization, seems especially porous in Uncertain. In one scene, with the aid of night vision, we observe as a half-domesticated raccoon spends his evenings indoors, curled up next to the family dog.
With the support of Daniel Hart’s almost elegiac score, the filmmakers distill the coarse poetry in their surroundings, giving voice to the suspended dreams of the locals. Their situation may not be hopeless, but it’s far from easy, and the filmmakers search the salvinia problem for a metaphor of some sort, finding an imperfect one in a scientific project to control the spreading water weed via the introduction of weevils. Residents worry whether the solution may have come too late. “It’s sad to see that the only place like this is going away,” says one, as we wonder what will become of this town and its citizens. I guess that’s Uncertain for you.
In new book “The Unsettlers:- Buy it on Amazon” , three American families go beyond ditching the Utility companies –they also walk away from supermarkets, cars and even banks — to define authentic living for themselves.
For “the Luddite curious,” says the LA Times “The Unsettlers” offers a compelling account of diverse Americans living off the grid. These homesteaders in Missouri, Detroit and Montana show us how the other other half lives.
Author Mark Sundeen will appear at Visit Skylight Books this Sunday at 5 p.m. Sunday, spoke to LA Times from Moab, Utah, where he himself spends time off the grid.
You begin with Ethan Hughes and Sarah Wilcox, a young couple who created an intentional living community in Missouri. Why them?
I’d decided that just living off the grid was no longer true dissent. I was curious to hear from people who could go all the way — stop using cars, stop using the banking system.
An intentional living community that forgoes cars, cash and electricity feels pretty radical, and yet you note similarities they share with libertarians and right-wing Christians, some of whom are their neighbors. Was this common ground surprising?
Totally surprising … and totally inspiring. I was so impressed that they were able to find that common ground. That’s something that I think’s important now that Trump is president. The divisiveness that he engenders, it pits people against each other who actually have the same values. Liberals and conservatives both want to live with moral integrity, but they have separate names for that. The right says, “We want to have Christian values, family values,” and that’s interpreted as anti-other religions or anti-single parents or anti-same-sex couples. Liberals say, “We want to end racism, we want to end bigotry, and we want to save the planet,” and that’s another way of living with integrity. I think there’s a lot more commonality than we tend to think.
You never suggest that the reader should renounce her worldly possessions and head to the farm — but are you hoping to influence people?
I’d specifically like the well-intentioned liberal to ask questions about their consumption and not just about their political stance. People say, “I’m going minimalist, I’m going to get rid of all my books and CDs and records and just use a smartphone.” Well, OK, I’m glad that your house is less cluttered, but you’re actually using more fossil fuels and doing more harm with that smartphone than you would with a whole library of books.
Each family’s commitment to the good life is inspiring but intimidating. For those of uswho are inspired to make a change, where do we begin?
I don’t think you begin by depriving yourself of things you love. On the one hand, this book is about the ethical boycott of destructive industries, but on the other hand it’s about following your heart and finding meaningful work. When you do work that you love, a lot of these needs tend to fall away.
Are there local organizations that inspired L.A. readers should investigate?
The Los Angeles Eco-village, the Urban Homestead and Root Simple, run by Kelly Coyne and Erik Knutzen.
The tiny house movement never expected this:- instead of them stealing from his home, Lawrence Thomas returned to the street where he had parked his 95 square foot house in Hermiston Oregon, to discover thieves had actually made off with his entire home.
The custom-made tiny building was stolen after Thomas parked it in Hermiston while passing through the area. Umatilla County Sheriff Terry Rowan said his office took a report of the theft on Jan. 1 and is investigating.
Thomas said most of his possessions were in the house, including important documents like his birth certificate, and sentimental items that can’t be replaced.
“I really like the idea of a tiny house,” he said. “You save money, and you don’t have a mortgage. My idea was to buy a plot of land and then make the tiny house as off-grid as possible. You can enjoy a higher quality of life without having to spend all your money on rent.”
Thomas estimates the house’s value at about $25,000.
“My house was small — even for a tiny house,” he said. The 95 square-foot structure was 17 feet long by 7.5 feet wide. Thomas lived in it with his two dogs.
“I’m trying to get the word out so that if anyone sees it, they can report it and maybe I can get it back,” he said.
Because of a snowstorm in the Blue Mountains, Thomas, who was moving from Seattle to Las Vegas, stopped at the One Stop Mart outside of Hermiston in late December. He was driving an SUV and hauling his house, where he’d been living for the last four months.
Unable to drive in the bad weather, he parked up at a truck stop on Interstate 84. He spent the night there and realized the next morning that he couldn’t take the house with him in the snow. He said he talked to the manager at the truck stop, who said he could leave the house there until he came back to pick it up.
“She was very helpful, and asked me to pull the tiny house in front of the shop so she could see it,” he said. “And because she said cameras were facing it.”
The two exchanged information, and Thomas continued on to Las Vegas. Then, on New Year’s Eve, he found out the house was gone — and the surveillance cameras he was told would be on his house were in fact facing another direction.
“The manager said they’re going to try to find it,” he said. “They found out the cameras were not pointing that way. The house was locked down and dead-bolted, but someone used bolt cutters and took the house.”
Thomas is now living in Las Vegas with a friend. He spent about 6 months building the house.
Here is a list of every exhibitor at the CES event – there are many of interest to off-grid denizens – everything from portable battery chargers to “smart pillows” (battery operated of course), and many eco-devices.
|3dRudder WIRELESS expands compatibility to mobile games and a wider variety of VR headsets. Selected as a CES 2017 Innovation Awards Honoree in both Gaming and Accessible Tech categories, 3dRudder is the only foot-powered movement controller for gaming and Virtual Reality (VR). Simply sit down, place your feet on the circular disc, and begin moving effortlessly through 3D environments with hands free for other functions. 3dRudder adds a fourth axis of simultaneous movement with a tilt of your feet. It’s intuitive and allows for total immersion you let you move in a whole new way in worlds you never imagined.|
|Company:||Acoustique Quality (AQ), s.r.o.|
|Booth:||Venetian Suite 30-308B|
|Acoustique Quality (AQ) delivers the music lover’s dream without compromise. Born out of a passion for music, respect for high-fidelity sound, and a love of cohesive design and sustainability, our speakers blow minds—not budgets. Sitting perfectly at the sweet spot of price, performance, and size, our speakers deliver the most natural sound tucked in an eco-friendly, modern and compact design. Boosted by refined speaker technology, acoustic enhancements, and composite recyclable materials perfect for sound quality, it’s a music lover’s best value.|
|Company:||Action Star Technology Co., Ltd.|
|Established in 1988, Action Star Technology has nearly three decades of experience designing and manufacturing computer peripherals. From napkin to production, Action Star is a one-stop OEM/ODM shop for realizing your product ideas.|
|Action Star offers an extensive catalog of USB and video accessories that are ready for customizations large and small; it also has a dedicated team that provides quick and reliable support for customers that wish to evaluate ideas and develop them into viable products.|
|Drop by its booth to see its latest USB-C and Thunderbolt 3 solutions.|
|Aguila, French pioneer of IoT solutions, a significant player in the growth and vibrancy of the global consumer technology industry and award-winning company regularly ranked among the 100 most innovative startups, launches Cariboo, a revolutionary universal innovative device designed to empower drivers and leverage all vehicles to a smart connected and collaborative dimension. With a unique real time autonomous social connecting device, you increase the intelligence of your car that respects your privacy and remains effortless. Location data can be shared and enhanced by our big data approach to simplify your life; you get insightful driving information and you get notified when your car is lost or stolen.|
|Company:||AHOKU ELECTRONIC COMPANY|
|AHOKU focuses its core competences on Electronic and Mechanical technology since the business started in 1983. From the first Surge Protectors in the market to the invention of world’s largest patent product set, including Universal Travel Adapter, Converter, USB Charger and wifi video camera. AHOKU has established its leadership in professional power source and supply field with its pioneering R&D and the persistence on excellence.|
|From pond to printer – 3D printing with algae and other sustainable materials.|
|As the global plastics and algae bloom problems continue to grow, ALGIX 3D provides solutions to both. ALGIX 3D produces high quality, high performance and environmentally sustainable materials. They are constantly developing innovative materials for the fused filament fabrication (FFF) 3D printing market and resins for the AM market.|
|All materials they produce are compostable and non-toxic, making them better for the environment and users.|
|Established in 2008, Airthings is a Norway-based tech company that develops and manufactures smart digital detectors to easily monitor and identify short and long term radon levels in indoor air. Airthings’ mission is to ensure people around the world take control of their air quality through simple, affordable and accurate solutions. The company is led by a team of experienced scientists, engineers and technology professionals who share a common goal: to educate people about the prevalence of radon and develop accessible technology solutions to help them safeguard their homes and keep themselves and their families healthy.|
|AMY Robotics is an innovative technology company focused on research and development of service robots that enhances quality of life with robotic technologies, products and services.|
|Our business focuses on domestic service robots, business service robots, rehabilitation robot, healthcare robot for family, hospitals, hotels, museums and other public service. They can be used for assisting daily life, healthcare, rehabilitation escort, home security, telepresence, education and entertainment, public information services etc. We also provide customized robot and service on-demand.|
|We are committed to improve the life quality of people with cutting-edge robotics technology. Our goal is to become a technology-led multinational company in service robotics.|
|As “cutting-the-cord” increases among TV viewers, ANTOP Antenna’s full suite of Over-The-Air indoor and outdoor digital TV antenna products continue to support the freedom of no-cost broadcast TV.|
|A host of product engineers enables ANTOP to quickly respond to changing technologies and consumer needs. The ANTOP Antenna suite of products is a result of a firm commitment to research and development of new technologies and designs.|
|ANTOP has been offering the best Over-The-Air TV signal reception solutions for consumer Home, Recreational Vehicle, and Marine antenna use for more than 36 years / www.antopantenna.com|
|Online Press Kit:||http://www.tradeshownews.com/events/ces-2017/ARII-PACA/|
|The Regional Agency for Innovation and Internationalization of Companies, ARII has been founded to fast-track economic development and innovation for more than 40 member companies and organizations from Southern France. This year at CES, coalitions from Aix-Marseille, Côte d’Azur, Toulon and Avignon have pooled their resources to showcase the region’s most dominant area of specialization – IoT, or the Internet of Things. Led by high-profile regional startups REVA2 and Graalphone, the coalition will promote connected and autonomous vehicles, all-in-one devices, the top connected WiFi wave products, learning and connected objects, smart security systems and more.|
|Company:||Arist Home Limited|
|Arist is the next-generation superautomatic espresso machine that simulates everything a professional barista does. From grinding coffee beans to pouring that perfect cup, it is designed to innovate users’ at-home coffee experience with perfection and convenience like never before. With a simple swipe on its companion app, users are given complete control over all the brew steps and now everyone can make the perfect brew effortlessly without mastering barista techniques. Together with the unique platform where recipes and coffee knowledge are shared, Arist satisfies everyone from casual coffee drinkers to professional baristas.|
|Company:||Ashley Chloe Inc|
|Booth:||Eureka Park 50703 (Sands Expo)|
|Ashley Chloe caters to fashion-forward individuals who crave sleek digital wearables designed expressly for their modern lifestyle. Its 2017 flagship product FUSE, the world’s first smart modular ceramic cordless earbuds, is named CES 2017 Honoree of Innovation Awards in both the wearables and headphones categories. It is designed to be carried, charged, and connected in different wearable forms. FUSE consists of two cordless earbuds that fuse together via a connector to create a pill shaped module. The standalone pill shaped earbud module can then be placed in a multitude of accessories that fit our user’s lifestyle.|
|Company:||ATrack Technology Inc.|
|Ticker Symbol & Exchange:||TPEX: 6465|
|ATrack (TPEX: 6465) specializes in telematics hardware designing and manufacturing. Our core R&D team has over 10 years of industry experience, and our products have been deployed in various operating environments worldwide. ATrack has also been particularly successful at performing user-specific firmware and hardware customizations to help our clients win projects in this dynamic market. Through our continuous commitment to the industry and providing unmatched level of responsiveness, we have been recognized as one of the most reliable hardware partners. (www.atrack.com.tw)|
|Audeze is an award-winning high-end audio manufacturer delivering the most accurate sound reproduction available today. The company’s products are engineered with the latest innovations in materials science and technology matched with precision craftsmanship to produce astonishingly dynamic and immersive sound. Weighing in at barely 20 grams, the first in-ear planar magnetic headphones, Audeze’s iSINE, house 30mm planar diaphragms and Fluxor Magnets that deliver accurate sound with less than 0.1% distortion. In addition to its iSINE series, Audeze will be showcasing its LCD series, EL-8 series, and SINE series.|
|Ticker Symbol & Exchange:||NYSE:SPB|
|Baldwin Hardware’s rich heritage of design, craftsmanship and quality continues to propel the brand to the forefront of designers’, architects’ and consumers’ minds. Today, the brand offers a seemingly endless variety of finishes, styles and design elements for even the most discerning consumers while continuing to be a pioneer in the industry as seen through the introduction of Baldwin Evolved: the next generation of smart handlesets and deadbolts – coming Spring 2017.|
|Baldwin Hardware is part of Hardware and Home Improvement (HHI) – a major manufacturer and supplier of residential locksets, residential builders’ hardware and faucets with a portfolio of renowned brands.|
|Company:||Beijing Dnurse technology Co.,Ltd.|
|Beijing Dnurse technology Co.,Ltd. is the first Chinese mobile medical company aiming at mobile diabetes management. Dnurse has built the “Device + APP + Service” sustainable and effective diabetes self-management method through Dnurse smartphone-based glucose meter, Dnurse app and cloud database.|
|Whether you’re on the go, heading to work, school or for a quick workout at the gym, storing your personal belongings has never been easier or safer. Introducing BenjiLock®, the World’s First Traditional Rechargeable Padlock with Fingerprint Technology. BenjiLock® is engineered for one thing, and one thing only, practical protection to fit your lifestyle. BenjiLock®, The Key Is At Your Fingertips™.|
|Company:||BIMP’AIR – PFF|
|Booth:||50642 (SANDS HALL G)|
|BIMP’AIR: NEW GENERATION AIR MANAGEMENT & COMPRESSION SYSTEM|
|– Portable and rechargeable air management|
|– Miniaturized compressor at 50 bar:|
|* smallest compressor in the world: you can hold it in your hand|
|* lightest compressor in the world: 14.11 oz.|
|– Rechargeable capsule representing high technicality for storage and management of air and other fluids|
|– Two systems to recharge the capsule via the mini-compressor:|
|* E-Way: electric drive system|
|* Origin: mechanical drive system using the energy of the bike|
|Our patented innovation has strong potential for pneumatic sector and other industries.|
|Looking for partners: booth 50642, Eureka Park.|
|Ticker Symbol & Exchange:||BKYID|
|BIO-key is a leading developer of biometric hardware and software solutions. The company recently introduced a line of compact fingerprint scanners that have been tested and qualified for Windows Hello, enabling customers to replace their password or PIN with one touch sign-in. BIO-key is making it easy and affordable for consumers to experience the benefits of biometric authentication. The company’s customers include the FBI, Cleveland Clinic, NCR and AT&T. At CES 2017 BIO-key will be introducing its latest line of innovative biometric technology products. Visit us at booth #2317|
|Bitdefender is a global security technology company that provides cutting edge end-to-end cyber security solutions and advanced threat protection to more than 500 million users in more than 150 countries. Since 2001, Bitdefender has consistently produced award-winning business and consumer security technology, and is a provider of choice in both hybrid infrastructure security and endpoint protection. Through R&D, alliances and partnerships, Bitdefender is trusted to be ahead and deliver robust security you can rely on. More information is available at http://www.bitdefender.com/.|
|Blink is the one-of-a-kind home security and HD video monitoring system that is revolutionizing the home security space through its unprecedented image quality, battery life (2 years on 2 AA lithium batteries), and price point (systems start at $99, a fraction of the cost of other systems). Receive instant HD video clips as soon as motion is detected or stream live any time right from the Blink app on your smartphone. Named CES 2016 and CES 2017 Innovation Award Honoree, Blink also offers Alexa integration, scheduled arming, free cloud storage, multi-system support, night vision, a built-in temperature sensor and microphone.|
|Bloomlife offers the first and only pregnancy wearable for expectant parents to measure pregnancy specific parameters, deliver prenatal insights and support its mission to improve birth outcomes. Bloomlife’s clinically-validated wearable automatically tracks contractions by safely and passively picking up electrical signals from the uterus, unlocking information for consumers previously only available at a doctor’s visit. In partnership with the Bloomlife community of moms, Bloomlife is crowdsourcing the largest dataset on maternal and fetal health to identify biomarkers for pregnancy complications to improve birth outcomes. Founded in 2014, Bloomlife’s team has over a decade experience developing advanced wearables for consumer and medical markets.|
|Company:||BluBoard (Case Western Reserve Univ.)|
|BluBoard is the world’s most adaptable digital display. BluBoard was founded in 2016 by a student team while at Case Western Reserve University to address the hassles and costs of paper signage that is updated frequently and where traditional digital signage is too burdensome to install and operate. Combining state-of-the-art, low-power e-paper technologies, long-rang wireless technologies, and cloud-controlled infrastructure, BluBoard is the first No-Wire, No-Power, All-Weather full display system built for ease-of-use. Common uses include messaging queue stands, light wall signage, and outdoor informational kiosks, with many more applications waiting to be found. For more information visit www.bluboard.io.|
|Booth:||42957 (Sands Level 2)|
|Bodytrak® is a ground-breaking body monitoring platform showing for the first time at CES 2017. Bodytrak puts unique and advanced monitoring capabilities usually only available in professional environments in the hands of elite athletes and sports enthusiasts. It is used to monitor workers in hazardous situations and in healthcare. Bodytrak® is an Internet of Things solution providing highly accurate sensor technology and advanced cloud-based analytics to optimise health, wellbeing and performance.|
|Bodytrak is being trialed with high profile professional cycling teams, English Premiership football and rugby clubs. It is also in field trials with defence, global energy and healthcare organisations.|
|Company:||Boltt Sports Technologies|
|Boltt is a Fitness Wearable Technology Company that is introducing Advanced Wearables and an Artificial Intelligence (AI) enabled Mobile Health Application. They are creating products, services and experiences for enthusiasts to run and train smarter. The tech is developed in partnership with global giants in wearable technology. The objective is to provide the best running experience to the user, and help to improve performance to the optimum. At CES 2017, Boltt is hosting an exclusive preview of the Products. Join members of the global media community and our fans for this launch event on January 6, 2016 3-4pm at 2003, The Venetian Bellini.|
|BrainCo was founded in February 2015, and incubated in the Harvard Innovation Lab. BrainCo specializes in BMI (Brain Machine Interface) wearables used to help people improve their attention level and working efficiency through a scientifically-proven training method called neurofeedback training.|
|Brinno is the first mover focusing on TIME LAPSE photography advancements. The company develops hardware and software solutions for time lapse photography and security surveillance, and puts them into one digital device to transform complicated, expensive and time-consuming time lapse photo taking into a simpler, cheaper and user-friendly experience. Brinno’s leading branded products include versatile time lapse cams (TLC series) followed by smart front door security viewers (PHV series) & portable surveillance cams (MAC series) with worldwide distribution channels.|
|Beautiful design, beautiful function. Turn your tablet into a laptop for a fraction of the cost with a Brydge keyboard. Sleek anodized aluminum body, backlit keys, tactile typing experience, and dedicated IOS buttons. A strong hinge with 180 degree viewing angle holds your tablet sturdy at the angle you desire, and auto wakes/sleeps when opened or closed. It’s the productivity tool you never knew you needed. Brydge is honored to be named a CES Innovation award honoree in 2017 for the second year in a row.|
|Company:||Case Western Reserve University|
|Booth:||booths 51100 to 51111|
|Ten Case Western Reserve University booths, most owned by students and alum:|
|1. cost effective portable concussion screening – www.reflexioninteractive.com,|
|2. TV station in a box – www.boxcast.com,|
|3. 3D printer and maker machine under $200 – www.ottia.xyz,|
|4. teddybear virtual hugs – www.parihug.com (female student),|
|5. fob remembers passwords – www.everykey.com,|
|6. largest epaper display – www.bluboard.io,|
|7. electronic greenscreen – www.flipsnap.com (woman founder),|
|8. ar hololens award winning app – www.case.edu/hololens,|
|9. CrystalE building sensors use vibration energy for power,|
|10. 50,000 sqft maker innovation space – http://thinkbox.case.edu & www.case.edu/cwrulaunchnet,|
11. City of Cleveland – http://www.city.cleveland.oh.us, Health Tech Corridor – www.healthtechcorridor.com,
|12. Spartan Mascot – https://students.case.edu/traditions/spirit/spartan/,|
|14. We ‘think beyond the possible’|
|Cerevo Inc. was founded in 2008 and is located in Tokyo, Japan with a branch office in Redmond, WA, USA. Cerevo is a small batch company focusing on making unique connected products and solutions for both consumer and professional users based on its Global Niche concept. Cerevo’s products have been recognized globally and are sold in more than 55 countries. Over 25 products have been released including, the LiveShell series – devices to enable live streaming on Ustream and YouTube Live using only a video camera, Tipron – a smart robot projector for homes or businesses and the XON series of smart sports products. https://www.cerevo.com/en/|
|Chirp Microsystems is a provider of ultralow power ultrasonic sensing solutions. The company offers complete user interface solutions for virtual and augmented reality (VR/AR) systems, gaming, wearable, and IoT devices. At CES 2017, Chirp will introduce uBeacon, a complete 6 degree-of-freedom (6-DOF) controller tracking solution for VR/AR and game console systems. Based on Chirp’s proprietary CH101 digital ultrasound transceiver, uBeacon offers precise inside-out controller tracking with unmatched wide field-of-view, low latency, and low power consumption. Chirp’s uBeacon hardware reference design and sensor fusion software library provide a fast time-to-market 6-DOF controller tracking solution for mobile VR system providers.|
|Company:||City of Cleveland – Health Tech Corridor|
|Booth:||51108 (Sands Hall G)|
|The City of Cleveland provides assistance to businesses expanding within or relocating to Cleveland including financing, workforce solutions and technical assistance. Cleveland’s Health-Tech Corridor is a prime location for biomedical, healthcare and technology companies looking to take advantage of close proximity to 4 world-class healthcare institutions including the Cleveland Clinic, 6 incubators, 4 academic centers, and more than 170 health-tech companies. Plus FlipSnap! A collaborative, social video application that bridges the world of augmented reality and video to create super awesome content.|
|Booth:||3100 (LVCC North)|
|Civil Maps translates the physical world into information that enables safe full autonomy anywhere. Through collaborative perception technology, Civil Maps enables autonomous machines and vehicles to make smarter decisions. Its collaborative approach to creating maps that define a vehicle’s environment and position in the world with pinpoint accuracy enables real-time updates on changing road conditions|
|Company:||Coldwell Banker Real Estate|
|Coldwell Banker, the original Silicon Valley real estate start-up founded in 1906, has maintained its innovation over the past 110 years. As homes become more intuitive in simplifying and improving lives, Coldwell Banker is focused on the next trend in real estate, the smart home. With approximately five million existing-homes bought and sold each year, agents are uniquely positioned to be conduits between the tech community and today’s home buyers and sellers. Coldwell Banker is the exclusive sponsor of the Smart Home Marketplace, hosting the “Business of Creating Smart Homes” conference and releasing results of its Smart Home Marketplace Survey.|
|Company:||Como Audio LLC|
|Founded by the consumer electronics Hall of Fame Legend and Visionary Tom DeVesto, our mission is to never lose sight of our goal of making a high quality product that supports the latest technology — is simple to operate – has distinctive design – takes up a small amount of space – and doesn’t become obsolete. We go through painstaking care to create beautifully styled, hand crafted, real wood products. We also have some of the most advanced on-board technology ever created within our space.|
|ConnectSense develops and manufactures home automation products, including the ConnectSense Smart Outlet and a line of wireless sensors that monitor changes in your environment then notifies you by email or text when something goes awry. ConnectSense can be found at www.connectsense.com and on Twitter at @ConnectSense.|
|Cozzia USA is recognized as a world leader in robotic massage chairs. Our chairs incorporate the latest innovations in massage technology and are rich with features including: Chair Doctor technology, Vario Motion™, interactive 3D full body massage, foot massage, lumbar heating, chromotherapy, Zero Gravity, and even stereo sound.|
|Booth:||17835 (Central Hall)|
|At the front lines of the Vinyl Revolution, Crosley Radio has its roots deeply seeded in history and its eyes turned toward the future. From its revolutionary line of turntables built to bring the love of analog music to a new generation, to its new series of high fidelity units with the discerning listener in mind, Crosley Radio seeks to bring new life to a classic medium. In turntables, jukeboxes, radios, and all things vintage-inspired audio, count on Crosley to take you there.|
|CRP USA (based in Mooresville, NC) and the CRP Group (headquartered in Modena, Italy) are pioneers in the fields of Additive Manufacturing and High-Performance Materials.|
|Energica Motor Company INC. is the US division of Energica Motor Company S.p.A., the sustainable subsidiary of CRP Group. It is the only and exclusive distributor of the Italian manufacturer of high-performing electric motorcycles for North America.|
|They will be displaying the latest 3D printed end-use and prototype parts built from the Windform family of high-performance composite materials, cutting-edge solutions made with direct metal laser sintering technology, and the newborn streetfighter Energica Eva.|
|Ordinary buildings are inefficient energy consumers due to the lack of effective energy monitoring and control. In 2014, buildings consume 40% of energy in U.S. To tackle the problem, modern buildings are pre-installed with building energy management systems (BEMS), but the installation remains challenging for older buildings due to the high investment required using conventional sensors.|
|CrystalE develops an easy-to-deploy, nearly-maintenance-free BEMS wireless sensor node. Each node includes an energy-harvesting module, which converts the vibration energy of building structures and appliances into electricity to enable self-sustaining wireless sensing for the BEMS. CrystalE, a hassle-free solution makes the “dumb” buildings smart.|
|Company:||CWRU Sears think[box]|
|Case Western Reserve University’s center for innovation and tinkering contains everything you need to create a prototype of a new product, from a machine shop to 3D printing, laser cutting, electronics, textiles, and more. Startups utilizing think[box] include medical devices, clean energy solutions, consumer electronics, aviation, robotics, as well as art and fashion and much more, who have raised over $5.7 million in external funding. Standing 7-stories tall, this 50,000 square foot facility is the largest open-access innovation center at any university campus in the world.|
|Company:||DATOTEK INTERNATIONAL CO., LTD.|
|Founded in 2005, Datotek specializes in the manufacture and design of storage devices with good price, quality, service and quick delivery. The main products, memory DRAM, flash drive (USB), mobile accessories, SSD and private cloud device (to transfer by WIFI files and pictures from mobiles to home USB or hard disks for extending mobile memory capacity), are made and shipped from Taiwan to the markets of Asia, Middle East, America, Europe and Africa.|
|We also have a branch in Miami and a branch in Chile to offer quick service to our American customers.|
|Web:||www.deepersonar.com / www.deeper.eu|
|At Deeper, we believe in breaking new ground every day. We take objects used in sports and outdoor activities and transform them into cutting-edge smart devices. Our Smart Sonar, winner of the Best Innovation Award in the Wireless Handset category at CES 2016, is a wireless echo sounder for anglers that is now sold in over 50 countries. Constant feedback from our team of pro-staffers, and from our customers, helps us to continually improve our products. And, following this approach, we hope to revolutionize urban cycling with our new product, the Deeper Lock, just as we have transformed fishing.|
|Company:||Digilux Technology Corp.|
|Founded in 2003, Digilux is a Taiwan-based flash memory supplier. A wide range of premium flash storage products including original/OEM memory cards, USB drives, and SSDs await your visit.|
|No more hassles, Digilux can simply be your one-stop sourcing destination as we provide quality products, excellent services, great flexibility, versatile customization options, and most importantly, at competitive prices.|
|Get in touch and see what we have to offer, you might just run into solutions that meet your exceptional needs.|
|DigiSense is a market leader in contact-free wearable monitoring technology with IOT capabilities. DigiSense developed a well-being sensoring device for babys and elderly.|
|The device is a Wearable Real Time Monitoring sensor which attached to the outside of any kind of diaper, or on the cloth on top of the diaper, without touching the skin or fluids.|
|The device designed to respond to the needs of baby and geriatric care during the most critical stages of their lives. For babies, Monitoring nourishment and Hydration levels, urine quantity and quality, sleeping quality, respiration and minimize discomfort and irritation to baby’s sensitive skin. For the elderly, monitor quality care, empowering confidence, Independence and dignity. Minimizing urinary track infections, reducing cost of skin treatments, and eliminating waste.|
|Digital Trends is a leading consumer technology publisher helping people navigate an increasingly digital world. With easy-to-understand product reviews, entertaining news and videos, Digital Trends serves more than 30 million unique visitors each month. Digital Trends reaches 90 million tech influencers through their own media network, and its syndicate partners include Yahoo!, FOX News and more than 200 broadcast news stations. Digital Trends is headquartered in Portland, OR with offices in New York City, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Detroit, and Chicago. For more information, visit www.digitaltrends.com.|
|Booth:||20612 (LVCC South Hall 1)|
|The DisplayPort video/audio interface developed by the Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA) offers the highest video performance and versatility on computers, smart devices and displays. An open standard supported on USB Type-C, Thunderbolt and native interfaces, DisplayPort enables resolutions well beyond 4K as well as high dynamic range (HDR) and high-resolution VR.|
|The DisplayPort Alt Mode for the USB Type-C connector is the only Alt Mode video transport adopted in the market and used today by most video sources utilizing USB Type-C. It enables the highest display performance available, combined with USB Type-C’s high-speed data transfer and power delivery functions.|
|Divergent 3D has created a software-hardware platform enabled by 3D metal printing (the Divergent Manufacturing Platform™) that radically transforms auto manufacturing economics and environmental impact. Divergent’s platform allows car manufacturers to design and develop lightweight, high-performance components that are critical in building the next generation of vehicles. In the future, cars will be manufactured at a fraction of today’s upfront capital cost, with far faster product cycles and far less environmental destruction. Divergent 3D calls its approach Planet-Saving Manufacturing™.|
|Company:||Domotz and Fing|
|Web:||www.domotz.com / www.fing.io|
|NoneFast-growing players in the IoT, Domotz + Fing develop disruptive technologies for network scanning, monitoring and security, device identification, and remote service delivery.|
|• The free Fing app for iOS and Android is the #1 network scanner, boasting over 15 million downloads.|
|• The recently launched Fingbox Wi-Fi troubleshooting and network security toolkit for homes was successfully funded on Indiegogo by over 5k backers raising over 400k in funds.|
|• The award winning Domotz PRO network monitoring system enables the delivery of remote support and maintenance services. More than 1000 AV integrators use Domotz PRO to deliver remote support to over 10,000 networks.|
|EarlySense is launching LIVE, the first at-home sleep and wellness tracker powered by medically proven, contact-free, continuous monitoring technology. The patented sensor and advanced algorithms monitor and analyze more than 50,000 data points every night, including heart rate, breathing, sleep and motion parameters to provide a precise picture of overall health. Placed under a mattress, the ‘invisible” sensor requires no uncomfortable wires or wristbands, and enables accurate monitoring with no change to one’s daily routine. Family members and caregivers can remotely access real-time health vitals and updates via the LIVE+ app. EarlySense was founded in 2004 and has offices in Waltham, MA, and Ramat Gan, Israel.|
|Booth:||6106 (LVCC North Hall)|
|Elektrobit (EB) is a pioneering global supplier of embedded and connected technology solutions and services for the automotive industry. At CES EB will showcase technologies associated with its EB robinos software architecture for autonomous driving.|
|A leader in automotive software with over 25 years serving the industry, EB’s software powers more than 70 million vehicles and offers flexible, innovative solutions for autonomous and connected car infrastructure, human machine interface (HMI) technologies, navigation, advanced driver assistance, electronic control units (ECUs), and software engineering services. EB is a wholly owned subsidiary of Continental.|
|Company:||Eli Electric Vehicles|
|Booth:||3334 (LVCC North Hall)|
|Eli Electric Vehicles is reimagining the future of urban mobility. Today Eli announced the company’s flagship product, Eli ZERO.|
|‘Joy, simplicity, freedom and intimacy are core concepts of the new mobility experience we are providing,” said Marcus Li, founder of Eli. ‘Eli moves forward by going back to the very essence of transportation— how people engage with the built environment.”|
|Smaller, simpler and friendlier, Eli ZERO is the ultimate personal mobility device for agile daily movement. Eli ZERO addresses the dynamic transportation demands of modern cities and towns by offering a versatile driving solution for both urban and suburban neighborhoods.|
|Company:||eLutions Integrated Systems, Inc.|
|eLutions is developing a continuous, minimally-invasive, glucose monitor for neonatal bedside point-of-care. Repeated heel pricks, of up to 25% of newborns 24-48 hours after birth, are the standard of care. This is traumatic for babies and parents. Caregivers’ aversions to heel pricks is cited for neglect, and missed interventions have led to lifelong and debilitating muscular motor malfunction, and cerebral palsy.|
|Continuous monitoring is vital as physiologies of fragile newborns are learning to adapt outside the womb. Continuous care through timely monitoring and delivery of therapy is critical as neonatologists are challenged to keep delicate infants alive and healthy.|
|Company:||EQL Technology Inc.|
|Founded in 2016, EQL is a leading innovator and provider of Smart Home solutions. EQL promises – Enjoy Quality Life. We aspire to bring all-inclusive offerings of leading edge products featured with handy operation, sturdy build, and convincing reliability. We strive to re-define what a smart home appliance can achieve.|
|Evolving from a giant corporate, EQL is a team with the most experienced R&D in the industry. Our managers and engineers have more than twenty years’ experience working with tier one customers including Google, Amazon, Facebook, Dell, and Lenovo. They have developed different products from smartphone, laptop PC, smart watch, POS, PND, smart home and many other products.|
|Our contract manufacturer Quanta Computer is one of the world’s largest EMS companies (with USD $30Bn revenue in 2015) with nearly thirty-year experience in making world class products.|
|Our smart home, security and home care solutions use IoT to enable service providers to enrich their customers’ lives, allowing them to embrace new possibilities by remotely managing their day-to-day activities.|
|We provide end-to-end connected solutions for security, communication and healthcare, supporting our partners with hardware, mobile apps, cloud and hosting services, go-to-market strategies and planning, and operations and logistics services.|
|Our 360º connected living technologies are enabled by the Internet of Things – designed to empower our partners’ and customers’ business models, with innovation, high quality and reliability as the core of our products.|
|Booth:||42541 (Sands Halls A-D)|
|ESUN 3D Photography (ESUN 3D+) is the developer of the world´s most advanced 3D scanning and printing technology, a testament to the company’s technical strength. ESUN 3D+ is a part of Shenzhen ESUN Display CO., LTD, which is focused on the creation of various types of pioneering 3D design brands.|
|At CES 2017, the company will debut its newest innovation and showcase its innovative Face Scanner and Desktop Scanners.|
|ESUN 3D+’s scanners utilize structured lighting and a unique algorithm to ensure less human error and interference, providing unrivaled accuracy, speed, and innovative solutions for the fashion, e-commerce, and education industries.|
|EZVIZ, a leading provider of smart home video technology and cloud services, will be launching their newly released indoor and outdoor cameras, which make it possible to see everything that’s important to you—right from the palm of your hand. EZVIZ continues to bring innovate the industry with unique design, advanced video quality and capabilities to connect you visually to your life though smart home camera solutions.|
|Fasetto is the company behind LINK, the living storage and communications device, underpinned by its own scalable, flexible platform. LINK lets users take their digital worlds with them, anywhere, in a pocket-sized durable package.|
|LINK features a superfast 2TB SSD and dedicated broadcast Wi-Fi, LTE, Bluetooth and USB-C connections that make digital content accessible universally across devices. Its small, weatherproof design, along with its robust technical specifications, protects content from the most extreme elements at home and in the outdoors.|
|Company:||Fibaro USA, LLC|
|Based in Poland, FIBARO is a leading manufacturer of residential IoT solutions, and manufactures innovative smart home devices that make up the advanced home intelligence platform known as the FIBARO System. Available in 100 countries, FIBARO, opened its U.S. offices in 2014, taking its modern minimalist designs and feature-rich platform to the growing U.S. smart home market. The company’s wireless Z-Wave smart home system can be controlled from anywhere in the world via smart phone, laptop and/or tablet. The suite of FIBARO devices and sensors allows users to create easily accessible scenes, manage energy usage, and integrate hundreds of devices.|
|Fibrum develops software and hardware solutions for mobile virtual reality. Since 2014 Fibrum has created 27 VR applications in different genres. In addition, mobile VR headset Fibrum Pro was designed and developed within the company. Since the beginning of 2016 the company has sold more than 25 000 headsets in Russia and abroad; its mobile applications have been downloaded by users from all over the world more than 12 million times.|
|Fibrum has presented a new flagship game Space Stalker VR that was featured by Gear VR. We are going to present another multiplayer game Battleground VR at CES.|
|Company:||FiiO Electronics Technology Co., Ltd|
|Booth:||21812 (LVCC South Hall 1)|
|FiiO was established in 2007 and has experience in researching and developing countless portable music products like portable High-Res music players, headphone amps & DACs and earphones, selling FiiO-branded products through sales agents worldwide.|
|FiiO focuses on product quality, adhering strictly to ISO9001 standards in quality management and works hard to attain the lowest repair-related product returns rate.|
|FiiO places great importance on users’ needs and ceaselessly pursues perfection in product design and manufacturing, to provide users with the best audio products at the best prices.|
|Booth:||41330 (Sands Expo)|
|Since inventing the first residential smoke alarm more than 50 years ago, First Alert has been at the forefront of advancement in home safety technology. This legacy, combined with the proven performance of First Alert products through the years, has earned First Alert a reputation as the most trusted name in home safety. The new, award-winning Onelink™ portfolio brings First Alert’s expertise to the growing connected home space, providing users with simple and secure home safety products for protecting what matters most: their families and homes.|
|FITNESCITY offers wellness coaching that uses insights from the individual’s unique physiology, history and lifestyle data to improve outcomes.|
|FITNESCITY will unveil its Wellness Management Program of the Future at CES 2017, kicking off a new era in wellness coaching: a data-driven, 360-view approach that uses a wide combination of connected devices and assessments to help individuals reach high performance and prevent disease.|
|Looking beyond gadgets, FITNESCITY uses insights from the individual’s unique biomarkers to implement lifestyle changes. The company integrates physiological measurements with lifestyle data, medical history and health risks, forming its signature FITNESCITY “Wellness Profile” for each individual. The company then matches the client with a personal coach who helps them implement lifestyle changes in a customized 16-week program.|
|Focalmax is a global intelligent terminal manufacturer and mobile internet service provider, working on a complete ‘optics + communication + terminal + application” ecosystem based on optics, mobile internet and intelligent terminals. Established in 2015, the company has over USD 30 million in registered capital and its headquarters occupies an area of over 100,000 square meters. It also has a multimedia exhibition hall, an IMAX center and an optical design lab. Focalmax has a broad range of products that include projectors, head up display (HUD), glasses-free 3D smart phones, sports DV, head mounted virtual reality display devices (VR/AR glasses) and intelligent housekeeping robots.|
|FoldiMate – your robotic laundry folding friend. From now on FoldiMate, will fold your laundry quickly, consistently and like a pro. It can even perfume, soften and de-wrinkle while it folds.|
|FoldiMate is a similar size to a standard dryer and can fold most items apart from underwear, socks and linen.|
|In June 2016 the FoldiMate video (https://youtu.be/swNgjX0xHC8) went viral and has had over 160 million views. Over 163,000 have registered to receive notification for pre-orders. Thousands have paid a deposit to receive a 10% discount plus be one of the first to own a FoldiMate.|
|Forca is the world’s first fitness app to provide a full-service platform for the success of fitness trainers and individuals looking to get in better shape. At its core, Forca makes it easier to track food, exercise, and supplements. Key integrations such as SCiO and The Smart Diet Scale make nutrition tracking a breeze. While the Apple Watch integration allows for the ultimate workout tracking experience. When compared to other fitness apps, by far, users will find the Forca App offers the most robust set of features.|
|PR Contact:||Matthias Rose|
|When it comes to advanced audio and imaging technologies, Fraunhofer IIS stands alone. From the creation of mp3 to the co-development of the DCI Compliance Test Plan for Digital Cinema, Fraunhofer IIS brings innovations in sound and image to reality. At CES booth 20944, Fraunhofer will showcase the MPEG-H Audio system for immersive sound in TV and VR and highlight its use in the new Korean 4K TV system based on ATSC 3.0. In addition, Fraunhofer will present a demonstration of light field technology and post-production tools to advance virtual production for live-action content, VR and CGI.|
|Company:||Fujian Nanping Nanfu Battery Co., Ltd.|
|Formed in 1954, Nanfu is proud to be the number one battery manufacturer in China (source: Kantar, 2013). Our dedication to excellence has enabled us to reach a new milestone in 2015, with a total revenue of three billion RMB and a 78% market share; 15 times more than our nearest rival (source: AC Neilson China, 2016).|
|Nanfu manufactures a growing range of products, including alkaline and carbon batteries, rechargeable batteries, button cells, and many accessories. Internationally, Nanfu manufactures the Excell® brand, cooperating with some of the world’s premier battery manufacturers and marketers.|
|Company:||GameSir – Anhui Changgan Network Techno|
|GameSir is the leading worldwide brand of game controllers, with more than 2 million users from over 30 countries.|
|Born out of a pure desire to create more fun, GameSir was founded in Hong Kong, China in 2013 with the goal of creating the ultimate mobile gaming platform by making mobile games easier, more realistic, and more fun. GameSir conducted its own research and development, manufacturing game controllers with a spirit of innovation and passion. GameSir inspires gamers with the first 4-in-one unique mobile gaming ecosystem, integrating Content, Platform, Software, and Controllers into the mobile gaming industry. For more information, see http://www.gamesir.hk.|
|GameSir, Just Play!|
|GeniCan is launching its first-of-its-kind product that enables users to create grocery lists easily and automatically by turning any ordinary garbage can or recycling bin into a smart one. GeniCan solves the simple, yet universal problem of forgetfulness as it relates to grocery shopping. Scan an item as it is being thrown away, or use voice recognition technology to add items without a barcode, and GeniCan will automatically add them to the grocery list app. GeniCan has also partnered with Amazon for automatic delivery, allowing users to shop right from their garbage can or recycle bin.|
|Company:||GOOD WAY TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.|
|Booth:||36723 (LVCC South Hall)|
|Good Way is a world leading PC peripheral and ODM/OEM services provider. We aim to provide value-added solutions and customized services to customers.|
|Founded in 1983, Good Way owns the expertise in Thunderbolt / USB-C and Wireless peripherals and is recognized as innovative & capability as well as being a worldwide leading manufacturer.|
|The complete structure and integration of R&D and worldwide sales service which provide the high technology of product development and local support. Wherever you are, Good Way is always a reliable business partner and manufacture.|
|Good Way offers full-range product category including complete Dock and Adapters of Thunderbolt 3, USB-C and USB 3.0 as well as Connected Home wireless applications.|
|We offer various products for consumer, commercial and industrial applications.|
|GraalPhone is a revolutionary 4-in-1 device that combines a highest-level quality PC, smartphone, tablet and 3D digital camera into one compact product. Based on the premise that no one singular piece of technology appears to effectively achieve most users’ optimal levels of appreciation and that consumers often purchase multiple devices to satisfy their needs, GraalPhone designed their product to alleviate consumer frustration with a marketplace that appears to be growing farther apart from the concept of merging all these technologies into one.|
|Company:||Guangzhou GOLDSPIN Electronic Technology Co., LTD|
|GOLDSPIN, located in Guangzhou, was established in 2006 and has been professional manufacturer for screen protectors for over 11 years.|
|We export an extensive range of screen protectors, including various Tempered Glass Films, TPU Films and PET Films with different features like High Clear, 3D Full Cover, Matte, Anti-Spy, Anti-Blue Light, etc.|
|GOLDSPIN is built on the foundation of Integrity, Quality and Innovation. Taking the mission of “Make your phone Different” and “Keep it safe”, we are devoted to provide our customers with practical, fashionable, stable and environment-friendly products.|
|Company:||Guangzhou Mid Technology Co., Ltd.|
|Booth:||53049 (Sands Hall G)|
|Guangzhou Mid Technology Co. Ltd (Midstereo) is a display company concentrating on glasses-less 3D display system. Midstereo will officially announce the world’s first 24″ Full HD desktop glasses-less 3D display with glasses-assisted quality at CES 2017.|
|The new product adapts completely with existing videos and PC games with stereoscopic 3D data format (e.g., World of Warcraft, League of Legends, Batman) and free of wearable equipment further assists the user to watch 3D with relaxed freedom.|
|The founding members of the company consist of Ph.Ds and graduates with a broad international background with over 10 years of experience on 3D display technology.|
|Haier Group is the world’s #1 major appliances brand by volume as ranked by Euromonitor International, and a global leader in consumer electronics. Haier employs more than 60,000 people around the world and distributes products in more than 100 countries and regions with global revenues reaching over $30 billion. For more information, please visit www.haieramerica.com or connect at www.facebook.com/Haieramerica and Twitter @haieramerica.
|Master & Dynamic|
|Master & Dynamic is a New York City-based premium audio brand with a deep passion for building beautifully crafted, richly appointed, technically sophisticated sound tools for creative minds. Designed for decades of use, Master & Dynamic headphones, earphones and wireless speakers utilize only the finest materials and are engineered to last, creating the perfect balance of aesthetics, strength, comfort and sound. Launched in May 2014, our products can be found in over 500 partner stores around the world.|
|Miliboo Corp. was founded by serial entrepreneur Guillaume Lachenal with the intention of becoming a global leader in the connected furniture market. The French company envisions and manufactures contemporary innovative furniture that delivers strong added value to consumers. This is how EKKO, the first smart mirror on the market, was born. EKKO combines simplicity and technology to transform daily routines. Easily integrated with smartphones through a mobile app, the classic, Scandinavian designed mirror is an interactive, touchless multimedia platform that reflects not only the user’s physical appearance, but their personality too, adding a substantial layer of information to visual imagery.|
|MindMeld is the first AI platform enabling companies to build intelligent conversational interfaces for any application or device. MindMeld’s next-generation, voice- or messaging-driven experiences enable users to quickly find and navigate information in a range of applications. MindMeld was named by Entrepreneur Magazine as one of the “100 Brilliant Companies” of 2015 and by MIT Technology Review as one of the world’s “50 Smartest Companies” of 2014. Investors include Google, Samsung, Intel, Telefonica, Liberty Global, and IDG. Customers include a top 5 global fashion brand, a top 5 automotive OEM, one of the largest global coffee chains, and others.|
|Booth:||Unveiled booth 90|
|Mohu, the Cord-Cutting Company, is a consumer electronics manufacturer dedicated to leading the TV cord-cutting revolution. The company’s approach to TV is founded on the motto “Be Set Free,” making its products simple to use, and enabling consumers to have an exceptional experience without cost constraints – as seen in Mohu’s new online cord-cutting tool “Untangle.TV” that recommends customized cord-cutting packages to help consumers take back TV freedom. Mohu’s line of high-quality, easy-to-install and cost-effective HDTV antennas has helped its customers save more than $300 million by cutting costly monthly cable and satellite bills. And we’re just getting started.|
|Company:||Moode Watches dba Foxter Watches|
|True to its core, traditional luxury watchmaking has maintained its value through incredible aesthetic qualities and timeless designs. The passion of today’s consumer, however, for greater functionality in “smartwatches,” has yielded a sharp decline in quality products. Luxury-focused French startup, Foxter Watches, has designed a line of products equivalent to such prestigious names as Breguet, Patek Philippe and Rolex integrated with the latest in smartwatch technology. Designed to function with or without a smartphone connection, Foxter bridges the gap with the first-ever hybrid watch to deploy traditional hands of a dial. “Foxter: Connected watches we don’t want to hide.”|
|Booth:||Venetian Suite 29-329|
|Morel, an international leader in speaker components and systems since 1975, manufactures handcrafted, award-winning loudspeakers and raw drivers for the mid to high-end OEM, home and car audio markets. Its products are sold in over 55 countries worldwide.|
Explore & Experience cutting edge transducer technology, the latest custom integration products, and new innovative car audio systems! All at our Venetian suite 29-329
|See the SoundWall™ Surface hidden and semi hidden in-wall speakers and the SoundWall™ LCR in-wall modular soundbar. They just won the Top Pick award by Sound&Vision magazine.|
|Listen to a live demo and UNLEASH THE MUSIC!|
|Motiv is proud to introduce its first product: Motiv Ring. A company driven by the mission to make simple devices to make people’s lives better, Motiv Ring effortlessly tracks your activity, heart rate and sleep, and it’s designed to be worn day and night. From the five-day battery life to the indestructible, titanium and waterproof encasing, we didn’t rest until both form and function worked together to deliver a flawless, uninterrupted tracking experience. Science says exercise improves your health. Sweaty, heart-pumping activities that challenge your body. Motiv tracks the active minutes experts say you need each week to truly impact your health.|
|Booth:||51045 (Israeli Pavilion)|
|Ticker Symbol & Exchange:||NASDAQ: MYSZ; TASE: MYSZ|
|MySize Inc. has developed a unique measurement technology for on and off-line shopping and shipping that empowers customers to choose the right size, every time, with a wave of a smartphone. Customers save time and money by getting exactly what they want from their first order. This leads to improved conversion rates and less returns. Current products include: MySizeID – select garments based on the customer’s personal measurements; SizeUp – a Smart Tape Measure; and BoxSizeID – easily measure a parcel, calculate the shipping cost and arrange a pick-up time. Shopping and shipping have never been easier or more fun.|
|Company:||National Science Foundation|
The National Science Foundation (NSF) awards nearly $190 million annually to startups and small businesses through the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)/Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) program, transforming scientific discovery into products and services with commercial and societal impact. The non-dilutive grants support research and development (R&D) across almost all areas of science and technology, helping companies de-risk technology for commercial success. The NSF is an independent federal agency with a budget of about $7 billion that supports fundamental research and education across all fields of science and engineering.
Despite the evolution of human machine interfaces, technology is still unable to naturally understand us in our natural means of communication. As a result, we wonder why machines are not doing exactly what we want. Voice, gesture, contact and emotions are our natural means of communications, and our electronic tools must be made to understand and adapt to those means. Through IRIS, the first human-centered solution for Enterprise collaboration, NaturSoftware creates technology that is more human-centric. Their products are centered around gestures, contact, voice and emotional response. As a result, our technology now adapts to us and our natural means of communication!
|Booth:||NP-3 (LVCC North Plaza)|
Created in 2014, NAVYA is a French company specializing in developing innovative, smart and sustainable mobility solutions. NAVYA develops driverless, automated electric vehicles that are independent of all infrastructure to revolutionize the transportation of people on the first and last mile. These vehicles are designed for the intelligent transport of people and goods. In October 2015, NAVYA launched the NAVYA ARMA, a 100% autonomous, driverless and electric shuttle which can transport up to 15 people and which is now operating on private sites and public roads worldwide. The vehicle is equipped with numerous sensors and an on-board computing system that enables it to interact with its surroundings. NAVYA benefits from major advances in technology in the autonomous, electric vehicle sector thanks to its experience in the field and a highly qualified R&D team.
Utilizing technology, NEOFECT has constructed a new rehabilitation paradigm that inspires hope for patients in need of rehab. We aim to help patients all around the world including those unable to receive appropriate treatment due to economic or geographic reasons. By providing rehab training products and services that are available anytime and anywhere, we are committed to improving patients’ rehab experiences and quality of life.
RAPAEL Smart Glove, honored with the CES Innovation Award, provides fun rehabilitation training exercises using games for stroke patients. AI provides customized training for each patient. Our goal is to keep patients motivated and eager to accelerate their recovery.
|Neural Analytics, a portable all-in-one ultrasound system designed for rapid triaging and monitoring of patients with brain disorders.|
|Web:||www.notanotherone.com / www.atmotube.com|
Atmotube is a portable air pollution monitor. Atmotube constantly monitors the environment around you. It detects air pollution, a wide range of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and harmful gases like Carbon Monoxide (CO); measures air temperature and humidity. The sensors inside Atmotube keep constant track of air parameters and send the data to your mobile phone via Bluetooth Low Energy (LE).
|It was created to raise awareness about both indoor and outdoor air quality, so you can make the right choices every day and live healthier.|
|Ticker Symbol & Exchange:||NUH on the ASX (Australia)|
|Nuheara is an innovative assistive audio Wearables company that allows you to hear what you want in the world around you. With Nuheara’s IQbuds™, humans are able to augment their hearing according to personalized hearing preferences and connect hands free with their voice enabled smart devices. Nuheara’s mission is to improve the quality of people’s lives by giving them the ability to control and create their own unique listening experiences and profiles. Learn more about Nuheara IQbuds at https://brandfolder.com/nuheara-iqbuds|
|At CES 2017, Olibra will showcase the Bond, the first product to offer smarthome integration for any RF remote-controlled appliance.|
|The Bond enables mobile control of previously disconnected appliances: ceiling fans, AC units, garage doors, and power shades. Through its mobile app, the Bond integrates any RF or IR appliance with one press of a remote. The user can then customize functionality.|
|The Bond serves as a hub for all of a consumer’s remote-controlled devices anywhere in the home. Voice commands may be enabled through integration with the Amazon Echo and other smart speakers.|
olloclip offers a growing line of ground-breaking premium lenses and accessories for the mobile photographer. Building on the success of its flagship product, the 4-in-1 Lens, the company continues to innovate and remains committed to finding new and exciting ways to enhance the mobile photography experience. Its newly designed mobile photography lens sets for iPhone 7 and 7 Plus feature new premium multi-element optics and the new Connect™ interchangeable lens system. From professional photographers to amateur photo enthusiasts, olloclip products appeal to a new generation of content capturers. For more information, visit olloclip.com.
|Booth:||Venetian Suite 30-124|
|ONVOCAL is a company who builds advanced acoustic software and hardware solutions for mobile entertainment, communications, and commerce, and is headquartered in Northborough, MA. In 2016, ONVOCAL debuted OVTM, the world’s first intelligent headphone available with untethered access to Amazon’s Alexa Voice and Music Services and ONVOCAL’s patented and patent pending intelligent Sound Controls. Everyday, ONVOCAL’s seasoned team of engineers, industry leaders and entrepreneurs are singularly focused on delivering innovations that make daily life easier and more enjoyable.|
|OPCOMLink USA is the regional sales and marketing headquarters for the Americas for OPCOM, a global pioneer of advanced imaging and lighting solutions, delivering breakthrough technologies and quality products to the world’s top brands for over 20 years. OPCOMLink USA’s first products are the OPCOM Farm GrowBox and GrowWall, indoor hydroponic gardening systems that allow people to conveniently grow their own healthy produce year-round in their homes. The company will introduce new products for smart and healthy lifestyles at CES 2017 this week that deliver advancements in connected indoor gardening, personal health diagnostics, 360-degree video conferencing and automated lighting systems.|
|Opticwash, a Florida-based kiosk technology company, has developed the world’s first fully-automated self-serve kiosk that cleans and removes 99 percent of bacteria on eyewear, jewelry, watches, and now, cell phones. State-of-the-art sensor technology effectively detects, completely cleans and dries the item in less than two minutes. The product is extremely easy-to-use and can literally be placed anywhere – malls, offices, hotels, airports etc. Opticwash is an efficient AND entertaining solution to cleaning a cellphone, which the average consumer touches 2,617 times each day and are 18 times as dirty as a public restroom toilet handle. Opticwash – the carwash for phones.|
|Booth:||51836 Eureka Park|
Oscar Senior is the easiest way to help the elderly stay in touch with family, friends and caregivers. Our aim is to help seniors live independently and reduce their social isolation. We empower tech-apprehensive elderly to enter the digital world safely through simplified tablet app interface, while you can guide them and help them remotely from the Oscar Senior app on your smartphone. Besides personal use, we see tremendous potential in usage of Oscar Senior by home health care agencies and assisted living facilities. Moreover, Oscar Senior is an open platform for third-party on-line services.
|Company:||Ospicon Systems Pte Ltd|
|Created the world first cot-size (20″ x 35″) alkaline (AA-size) battery powered Baby Sleep wellness & breathing monitor using fiber optics technology. To alleviate the Top 3 concerns of parent – Baby sleep safely, Developing healthy sleep habits and Coping with separation anxiety.|
|With our application of fiber optics, breath detection and algorithm validated in the hospital we are able to alert parent well in advance if their baby does develop breathing irregularities event during sleep.|
|Adult Sleep Analyser for adult sleep wellness segment and wearable Brands for accurate Sleep wellness tracking, Sleep Apnea and snoring count.|
|At CES 2017, the global leading lighting company OSRAM will demonstrate its technological and innovation leadership by reinventing light. Through unique virtual and augmented reality adventures, OSRAM visitors will experience scenarios that demonstrate the way light – visible and invisible – influences the decisions we make while driving. From OSRAM’s light detection and ranging (LiDAR) technology, which helps autonomous cars analyze their surroundings and Advanced Forward-lighting Systems (AFS), which bring adaptive front lighting to the next level; to organic light emitting diode (OLED); and infrared and biometric technologies that can recognize drowsy or distracted drivers, OSRAM enhances and advances the driving experience.|
|Booth:||50400 EUREKA PARK (Sands Hall G)|
|OSSIC is the ultimate 3D listening experience. Our intelligent 3D audio platform redefines the way we hear in headphones by combining advanced calibration technology and seamless integration to your favorite devices. Hear music, movies, games, and virtual reality like never before.|
|Company:||Ottia Maker Machine by OTS Co.|
|Booth:||51105 (Sands Hall G)|
|OTS Co. seeks to empower the DIY spirit and democratize the world of making by offering Ottia, a first-in-class Maker Machine that is designed to be simple and welcoming for newcomers, while also being highly capable for seasoned makers. With a large build volume, swappable tools like a 3D-Printing head or a router, an optional conveyor belt accessory coming soon, and a sub-$150 price tag, Ottia breaks down the barrier to making for all, allowing everyone to have access to their own personal makerspace, so that no one gets left behind in this new industrial revolution.
Company: Phobio Booth: The Wynn - Latour 5 Web: https://phobio.com/ Press Kit: http://www.tradeshownews.com/events/ces-2017/phobio/ Phobio builds software and services that empower the people of retail. Phobio was created by a group of friends who share a philosophy about how software should work and how business should be done. Upon discovering some obvious shortcomings in the retail mobile trade-in industry, the group set out to create a better solution. The company began with limited trade-in inventory and simple software and in 2010, officially launched Safetrade to deliver a simple service for retailers: high-value trade-ins on the most products with the lowest adjustment rates. Phobio is headquartered in Georgia but has multiple receiving facilities worldwide including Canada, Italy and Australia. www.phobioces.com
Company: Panono GmbH Booth: 16248 Web: www.panono.com The Panono GmbH produces and develops trendsetting digital camera technology, as well as smartphone and tablet applications for panoramic content. The company's Panono Camera is the highest resolution 360deg camera on the market. For private use, as well as for professional business from marketing to journalism, from construction to insurance, from tourism to real estate -- Panono lets you create high-quality 360deg and VR content for individual applications. Panono is a fully integrated 360deg photo solution offering 108 MP panorama shots (16K x 8K equirectangular), High Definition Range (HDR) imaging, automated stitching and cloud-based services for image delivery and storage. Company: Parihug Booth: 51100 Web: http://parihug.com Parihug creates internet connected teddy bears that let you hug loved ones from anywhere in the world. When one bear is hugged, the other emits a gentle haptic response (and vice versa). Parihug was founded in 2015 by 20-year-old Xyla Foxlin, a mechanical engineering student with a lifelong passion for robotics and will launch a pre-order campaign at CES. Company: Peerless-AV Booth: Venetian Suite 31-234 Web: https://www.peerless-av.com Peerless-AV is a leading designer, manufacturer, and distributor of audiovisual solutions. From its award-winning mounts and wireless audio systems to indoor/outdoor kiosks and the industry's first fully sealed outdoor displays, Peerless-AV has aimed to fulfill integrators' needs for ease of installation and service, and end-users' dreams, in residential and commercial applications for 75+ years. The company manufactures over 3,600 products that serve original equipment manufacturers, commercial integrators and consumer retailers in 22 vertical markets through direct sales representatives and authorized distribution. At CES 2017, Peerless-AV showcases its outdoor TVs, outdoor soundbars, mounts, and more at the Venetian, Suite 31-234. Company: Petcube Booth: 40750 Web: https://petcube.com Petcube is reimagining pet care. We are dedicated to improving the lives of pet parents and their pets through technology. At CES 2017, Petcube will debut Petcube Bites, an all-in-one Wi-Fi pet camera with built-in treat dispenser, designed so people can stay connected to their pets. Petcube's current product lineup includes Petcube Play, the next-generation interactive pet cam with built-in laser toy, and Petcube Camera, the original, best-selling interactive pet cam. All three products enable pet parents to see, talk to and have fun with their pets from their smartphone anytime, anywhere. Company: Phobio Booth: The Wynn - Latour 5 Web: https://phobio.com/ http://www.tradeshownews.com/eve Press Kit: nts/ces-2017/phobio/ Phobio builds software and services that empower the people of retail. Phobio was created by a group of friends who share a philosophy about how software should work and how business should be done. Upon discovering some obvious shortcomings in the retail mobile trade-in industry, the group set out to create a better solution. The company began with limited trade-in inventory and simple software and in 2010, officially launched Safetrade to deliver a simple service for retailers: high-value trade-ins on the most products with the lowest adjustment rates. Phobio is headquartered in Georgia but has multiple receiving facilities worldwide including Canada, Italy and Australia. www.phobioces.com Company: Pointivo Booth: 50023 Web: http://pointivo.com/ Pointivo is a 3D intelligence platform that uses computer vision and machine learning to automatically generate digital models for import into CAD, BIM, and VR systems. It is the only solution that captures dimensionally accurate 3D models of as-built environments using just a smartphone camera or drone -- no laser scanners, special hardware, nor manual intervention required. Our solution simplifies tasks requiring accurate measurements or 3D models in the construction, roofing, insurance, engineering, home improvement, and custom installation industries. Company: Poof Booth: 44735 Web: www.mypoof.com At Poof we recognize that the animals we care for are more than just pets, they are cherished members of our families. The advent of wearable technology has given us humans the ability to live healthier, safer, more productive lives, so why not give those same technological benefits to our furry family members? We aim to develop the best in class wearable technology for our Pets. We believe monitoring our pets' activity and diet are a priority. Company: PopSockets Booth: 35025 Website: www.popsockets.com PopSockets has successfully tapped into the highly competitive mobile-accessory market with a product that can be loved by all mobile-device users. Add a single PopSocket, or a pair of PopSockets, to the back of almost any mobile device to transform its capabilities. PopSockets "pop" whenever you need a grip, a stand, an earbud-management system, or just something to play with. PopSockets not only make terrific phone grips and phone stands, they also make holding tablets and e-readers more comfortable and secure. Company: Qardio Booth: 43406 (Sands Hall C) Web: www.getqardio.com Qardio is an award-winning digital health company that combines innovative technology, elegant design and powerful data analytics to create connected health devices you can use anytime, anywhere. Qardio's clinically-validated devices, QardioArm, QardioBase, and QardioCore help monitor blood pressure, weight, full body composition, continuous ECG/EKG, respiratory rate, activity tracking and more. Qardio's mission is to revolutionize healthcare by creating solutions that combine beautiful design and a delightful user experience with state-of-the-art, medical grade functionality. Qardio's devices empower consumers, doctors, and healthcare providers with data of the highest clinical quality and provide simple, actionable insights into heart health. Company: QD Laser, Inc. Booth: 43669 Web: http://www.qdlaser.com/ QD Laser, Inc. is a leading provider of high-performance semiconductor lasers/wafers and retinal projection eyewear based on laser technologies. The retinal projection eyewear "Retissa" is a new wearable device, head mounted display with a miniature projector that draws images directly onto retina as a screen using RGB lasers and MEMS mirror. The projected images are independent of wearer's visual acuity and/or point of focus with Mawellian view, based on specially designed optics. Company: QFX Booth: 17535 Web: www.qfxusa.com QFX is a manufacturer & importer of high performance Professional DJ Speaker Systems for every potential sound system requirement, DJ Lighting, Smoke Machines, Laser Lighting, Portable AC/DC DJ Pro & Party Speakers, Connected Home Wi-Fi & Bluetooth Speakers, High Performance Portable Audio, CD Portable Stereos, Bluetooth Stereo Headphones & Earphones, microphones, and complete offering of audio & video accessories. QFX will be exhibiting several new exclusive & unique products in booth 17535 located in the Central Hall of LVCC. CES attendees can schedule private presentations by contacting our VP of Sales via email firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone at 917-463-3605 Company: Quell by NeuroMetrix Booth: 43421 Ticker Symbol & Exchange: NURO Web: www.quellrelief.com
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NeuroMetrix is a commercial stage, innovation-driven healthcare company combining bioelectrical and digital medicine to address chronic health conditions including chronic pain, sleep disorders, and diabetes. Its lead product is Quell, an over-the-counter wearable therapeutic device for chronic pain. RCS - Rampal Cellular Company: Stockmarket Booth: 18144 Web: www.rcs.com RCS is the leading international distributor of mobile phones, digital cameras, tablets and other consumer electronics. With over 18 years of experience, 30 dedicated sales agents, 20 logistics specialists, operations in 107 countries and hundreds of profitable deals completed daily. Whether you are buying or selling, rely on RCS to get the deal done. Company: re-fuel, a Mizco company Booth: 30860 Web: www.re-fuel.com re-fuel is the trusted source for powering up mobile, CE and digital imaging devices for the active lifestyle. re-fuel is backed by DigiPower and Mizco--specialists in powering mobile devices for more than 25 years. re-fuel(TM) designs products that give extended power to GoPros and mobile devices to Stay in Charge--for those occasions when users go off the grid for extended periods of time, whether for sporting expeditions, off-road adventures, beach parties or camping trips. For more information about re-fuel and its products, visit http://re-fuel.com. Company: REM-Fit(TM) Booth: 44548 Web: https://www.protectabed.com Obsessed with sleep and recovery technology, REM-Fit(TM) offers an extensive line of high-performance mattresses, fitness trackers, pillows and sleep accessories. This CES features the market debut of ZEEQ(TM) by REM-Fit, the world's smartest pillow. The booth will feature interactive demos, with ZEEQ, a meeting with the inventors and more. Company: REVA2 Booth: 50833 Web: www.reva2.eu Presently in conceptual development, REVA 2 offers the solution to the problems of traffic jams, parking difficulties and pollution. After booking a ride on your smartphone, a driverless vehicle picks you up within minutes. A guiding thread -- the Blue Line, equipped with RFID chips that enables precise positioning, guides the vehicle autonomously. The vehicle follows the blue strip, similar to a Monorail, that can be glued to any road like reflectors. Each vehicle offers two modes of operation: full electric automated mode (when in cities fitted with the Blue Line System) and hybrid (standard driving) for making long trips. Company: Ricoh Company, Ltd. Booth: 13541 (Central Hall) http://www.ricoh-imaging.co.jp/e Web: nglish/index.html Ricoh Company, Ltd. produces a wide range of consumer imaging products, from the innovative Ricoh Theta 360degcamera series, to award-winning PENTAX DSLR cameras, lenses and binoculars. Ricoh is also well-known for its office imaging equipment including multi-function printer, copier and projection devices. In its Central Hall booth, Ricoh will be featuring applications of its acclaimed Ricoh Theta cameras. Company: Ricoh Company, Ltd. Booth: 26717 (South Hall 2) http://www.ricoh-imaging.co.jp/e Web: nglish/index.html Ricoh Company, Ltd. produces a wide range of consumer imaging products, from the innovative Ricoh Theta 360degcamera series, to award-winning PENTAX DSLR cameras, lenses and binoculars. Ricoh is also well-known for its office imaging equipment including multi-function printer, copier and projection devices. In its South Hall booth, Ricoh will be demonstrating new VR technology. Company: Rifft - CT BAND Booth: 50706 Web: http://www.ct-band.com/en/ Rifft is a French company dedicated to technological innovation. The dynamic startup is situated in Sophia Antipolis, where it conceives, designs, develops and manufactures products that transform your everyday life. CT BAND is the world's first smartstrap designed to attach to your mechanical watch dial, whatever the style or the brand. CT BAND incorporates a complete range of sensors that provide data on physical fitness, well-being and environment around you. CT BAND uses cutting-edge technology allowing the highest degree of intelligence into the least space possible. Company: Robart Booth: 41369 (Sands) Web: www.robart.cc Robart is proud to present a cost-effective autonomous navigation solution for the development of intelligent household robots at CES 2017 - a unique milestone in the evolution of Smart Home appliances. This incredible breakthrough allows consumer-focused robots to carry out artificially intelligent tasks - detecting and constantly reinterpreting their surroundings. With the rise of Artificial Intelligence and falling costs of key components over recent years, Robart and its game-changing Artificial Intelligence solution is making a strong entry into the consumer robotics space, based on their credo - "to meet consumer expectations; smarter, more contextually aware robots are required." Company: ROBO Booth: 42142 (Sands) Ticker Symbol & Exchange: ASX: RBO Web: HTTP://WWW.ROBO3D.COM Robo is the 3D printing pioneer that continues to redefine and improve the total 3D experience with its diverse range of products, content, and materials and provides people a true means of exploring the limitless possibilities of their own creative potential. Robo is the CES 2017 Best of Innovation Awards Honoree for its Robo R2 High-Performance Smart 3D Printer with Wi-Fi, powered by the new Robo app. To learn more about Robo, visit www.robo3D.com Company: Robotics Trends Booth: 41951 Web: www.roboticstrends.com Robotics Trends is THE guide to enhancing daily life with robotics and AI technology. The only media brand exclusively devoted to robotics for the consumer market, Robotics Trends is the ultimate evangelist of robotics products that change the way we work, live and play. Robotics Trends helps readers make sense of the growing universe of lifestyle technologies by delivering robotics news, product information, resources and inspiration to consumers, builders and enthusiasts who depend on it. Be sure to attend Robotics Conference (Friday, January 6) and visit the Robotics Marketplace, both presented by Robotics Trends.
Company: Ubiquiti Networks Booth: 41616 (Sands) Ticker Symbol & Exchange: (Nasdaq: UBNT) Web: www.amplifi.com Ubiquiti Labs is the consumer technology arm of wireless networking company Ubiquiti Networks, Inc. (Nasdaq: UBNT). The division's first product, AmpliFi, uses home Wi-Fi mesh technology to eliminate dead spots and distribute strong, reliable and ubiquitous signal throughout the modern connected home. The days of hiding your wireless router are in the past as AmpliFi's elegant design is meant to complement any home decor. For over ten years, Ubiquiti Networks has eliminated barriers to connectivity, providing a variety of high-performance wireless networking products to businesses and communities all over the world utilizing innovative wireless technology at disruptive price points. Learn more info at: http://bit.ly/2hAoFg9 Company: UZER Booth: 50416 Web: www.uzer.eu Eugene is the first home barcode scanner that makes recycling at home a fun, rewarding, and convenient routine. A simple scan of your products' barcode just before you throw them out allows you to improve your home recycling, and get rewarded with vouchers. Use the mobile application to access detailed information about your consuming habits, and re-order online your favorite products in one click. Company: Valencell, Inc. Booth: 74331 Web: www.valencell.com Valencell (www.valencell.com) develops performance biometric sensor technology and licenses this patent-protected technology to consumer electronics manufacturers, wearable and hearable device makers, sports and fitness brands, medical device makers, and gaming companies for integration into their products. Valencell's PerformTek(R) biometric sensor technology employs active signal characterization, the process of segmenting raw signal data from biometric sensors into biological, motion, and environmental signals and noise. Valencell's PerformTek technology is protected by dozens of granted patents and independently validated by the Duke Center for Living, North Carolina State University, the Human Performance Laboratory and a fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine. Company: Vaporsens, Inc. Booth: 50220 Web: www.vaporsens.com Outperforming currently available sensors, Vaporsens' patented nanofiber chemical sensing technology provides rapid response capabilities (1-5 seconds) and highly sensitive results (parts per trillion). Vaporsens chemical sensors are portable, durable and easily customized to detect a wide array of chemicals, ranging from explosives to environmental hazards. Visit vaporsens.com to find a solution for your sensor needs. Company: Vivint Smart Home Booth: 41620 Web: www.vivint.com Vivint Smart Home is one of the largest smart home services providers in North America. As the only vertically integrated smart home company, Vivint delivers its integrated platform and products with in-home consultation, professional installation and support delivered by its Smart Home Pros, as well as 24-7 customer care and monitoring. Dedicated to redefining the home experience with intelligent products and services, Vivint serves more than one million customers throughout the U.S. and Canada. Company: Volansys LLC Booth: Venetian Suite 30-131 Web: http://www.volansys.com Volansys is Product Engineering Company with 300+ passionate engineers innovating disruptive technology solutions in the field of Wireless Connectivity, Multimedia, IoT, Wearable Devices, Mobility and Cloud Computing. Volansys is a 'One Stop Solution Provider' since the last 8 years for their customers, providing offerings such as Hardware & Firmware Design, Embedded Software, Verification & Validation, Cloud SaaS & PaaS development, Mobile Application Development, Quality Engineering and helping customers from concept to deployment. With the cutting-edge expertise from sensors to control systems to analytics including cloud & mobility, Volansys is one of the top most leading providers in IoT and have helped 50+ Customers create enormous IoT Success Stories in diverse domain. Volansys helps in creating turn-key solutions with very strong and strategic partnerships. Company: VuPoint Solutions Booth: 31122 Web: www.vupointsolutions.com VuPoint Solutions enriches human experiences with innovative products and services that are designed with an eye on creativity, are practical and have a strong technical foundation. For more than 14 years, VuPoint Solutions has supplied retailers with a wide range of imaging and home automation products. Its latest line, VuPoint Home Solutions, delivers convenience and safety for the smart, connected home with its high-performance, DIY image-based products for the garage, porch and doorbell -- all which can be controlled by a single smartphone app. Company: Welbean Booth: 50714 Eureka Park Web: www.welbean.com Welbean is using mobile computing technologies to provide personal health assistance, and promote heart-healthy lifestyles. Welbean Heartscope, the world's first heart performance monitor, may help people understand their heart conditions, reduce the risk of heart disease, and identify possible heart problems early. Welbean heartscope's contractility monitoring provides more scientific data, structure, guidance and potentially more motivation for your cardiovascular workouts. Welbean heartscope's motility analysis provides more information, insights and control over heart aging and heart health management. Company: WES Booth: 51102 (Sands Hall G) Web: http://www.wespower.gq WES is a standalone freemium payment system independent of all existing credit cards, debit cards, or mobile pay solutions. Our system eliminates long checkout lines at cash registers and also provides a service that invests your money with every purchase. The best part? Merchants don't pay fees, consumer accounts are fully encrypted and anonymous, and paying for purchases is as simple as tapping your card. Effortless. Company: Wistron NeWeb Corp. Booth: 20900 (South Hall 1) Web: http://www.wnc.com.tw/ Wistron NeWeb Corporation (WNC) will present "Next-Gen Toward 5G - Advanced Broadband Solutions," showcasing our latest products and solutions covering new designs and system-integration capabilities: 1. 28 GHz Transmission for 5G & SiP for the IoT 2. Multi-Gigabit Switch 3. Diversified Broadband Access Solutions 4. Network Coverage and Optimization 5. UHD Video Distribution 6. Connectivity for Autonomous Driving Wistron NeWeb Corporation (WNC) specializes in the design and development of cutting-edge communications products and provides quality ODM/JDM services. WNC's technical expertise ranges across various applications from broadband, broadcasting, multimedia, and the M2M to wireline and wireless communications, with product scopes covering solutions in network communications, digital home products, satellite broadcasting, and intelligent driver assistance systems. Company: WITTI Design Booth: 40203 Web: www.wittidesign.com WITTI Design is inspired by emerging mobile technologies to create intelligent lifestyle products that enhance the experiences of consumers in their day to day lives. With offices in Los Angeles and Hong Kong, WITTI utilizes a team of international designers to craft artistic, consumer tech products inspired by geometrical shapes. WITTI's current product line consists of BEDDI, BEDDI Style, BEDDI Glow and BEDDI Charge, NOTTI and DOTTI. New products are to be released at CES 2017 aiming to focus further on sleep technology and creating an overall better bedroom experience for consumers. For more information, visit us at www.wittidesign.com. Company: World First USA, Inc Booth: 21935 Web: https://www.worldfirst.com/us/ World First is a market-leading, rapidly-growing international payments company. Specializing in foreign currencies and money transfer, World First combines specialist knowledge of the exchange markets with technological innovation to help individuals and businesses manage cross-border currency payments quickly, securely and transparently. A specialist alternative to traditional banks' generalist approach, World First has successfully exchanged more than $35bn for more than 100,000 individuals and businesses since 2004. World First employs over 600 people across six international offices including London, Sydney, Austin, Amsterdam, Singapore and Hong Kong with plans for further expansion into new countries. Wuhu Teyuanxin Composite Material Technology Company: Co., Ltd Booth: 721 Web: http://www.tyx-drone.com/
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WUHU TEYUANXIN COMPOSITE MATERIAL TECHNICAL COMPANY, LTD was founded in 2013, specialized in building and selling UAV, customized manufacturing plant protection UAV, UAV for police application, possesses a complete and scientific quality control system and specialized production team, with a considerable sales volume around the world, and also has developed and consolidated a significant landmark in the domestic model plane sideline industry. Has consistent approbation in the industry for its honesty, strength, and product quality. Company: Xively by LogMeIn Booth: 40063 (Sands Expo) Ticker Symbol & Exchange: NASDAQ: LOGM Web: www.xively.com Xively, the IoT division of LogMeIn, works with companies around the world to bring to market the most successful and innovative IoT products available today. Xively's Connected Product Management (CPM) platform is a complete application suite that addresses the core needs of running an IoT Business including a best of breed connectivity broker, purpose-built security, universal device and user management, connected product analytics and insight tools, as well as integrations with core business systems including CRM and ERP. Xively is the fastest and most scalable IoT platform available providing companies with everything they need to connect a product securely, manage that product and the data it produces, and engage with customers in new and innovative ways. Company: Yueh In Co., Ltd. Booth: 2219 Web: www.yuin.com.tw We are a Taiwanese company for more than 35 years and have our own ISO9001 certificated factory in China. With R&D's effort and strict Q.C. management, we specialize in manufacturing power strips with surge protectors & Smart USB ports according to CE & UL requirement. Our latest item is the IOT Smart Home kit with WiFi Remote Control for home security & safety protection under connecting to App from smartphone anywhere & anytime. Company: Yumii Booth: 50832 Web: www.yumii.fr Yumii revolutionizes the daily life of senior citizens by simplifying interactions they have with their families, caretakers and doctors. The interactive platform is a robot called Cutii, that helps elderly individuals with their daily schedules, routines and exchanges. A companion robot, Cutii works entirely through vocal command and mobile web application. The first truly collaborative platform for home care assistance, Yumii provides the means through which everybody can share quality moments with elderly friends and relatives through activities and services. Company: Zen Ecosystems Booth: 40049 Web: http://zenecosystems.com/ Zen Ecosystems provides energy management solutions to businesses and consumers. The company recently released Zen HQ, the simplest, most cost-effective commercial energy management solution on the market. Zen partners with leading brands, distributors, multi-service operators and utilities to deploy new energy solutions that improve businesses, homes and our lives. Learn more at http://zenecosystems.com. Company: Zillion Info, LLC Booth: 50222 Web: www.zillioninfo.com ZillionInfo specified in Location Intelligence SaaS on Market Analytics via the integration of Data, Machine Learning, Statistics and Interactive Visualization. The Dynamic Market Segmentation tool allows clients to integrate their own marketing data, the demographic data, the community survey, and the consumer's expenditure survey to produce specific multi-scale market segmentations that better fits the client needs. The Multivariate Marketing Campaign tool helps to better understand the market and the customers. The Site Selection Optimizer evaluates site selection balance. The Flowmapper reveals flow patterns of vehicles, migration, and investments.
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The series due to launch tonight on BBC Channel 4, will chronicle the successes and failures of a new social experiment in Ardnamurchan, near Lochaber, in Scotland’s wild western Highlands.
Using only natural resources to build shelter, hunt for food and cook.
Making up the rules of their new society as they go along, the 23 contestants in the rather unoriginally named “Eden” will spend a year getting to grips with the remote countryside and learning to live with each other. The series shows that the appetite for life in the wilderness — both experiencing it and watching it — remains strong, and really gets to grips with the idyllic notion of self-sufficiency.
the series bills itself as an antidote to the usual trivia you see in reality shows, but the early signs are not good – the press releases stress that the inmates got drunk and flirted with each other. And the idea that they would be cut off from their nearest neighbors makes it more of an unreality show.
In reality, trying to forge a community from scratch can be a lifetime’s work. There are, however, a number of alternative settlements in Scotland in place that eschew conventional ways of life in favour of an existence focused on the land, spirituality, or making a living from traditional crafts and techniques.
Experts say that many of these communities are finding favour with burnt-out city-dwellers looking for a break, a new business opportunity or a complete change of scene.
We look at some of Scotland’s most interesting rural villages and settlements where it is possible to buy — or acquire membership — into a different way of life.Findhorn Ecovillage, MorayConceived in the 1970s by the Findhorn Foundation, a community began to evolve on the north coast of Scotland. It includes an on-site theatre and concert hall. Governed by members of businesses within the eco-village, such as a publishing house and an arts centre, the settlement can be found to the south of Findhorn, on the Moray Firth.
Andrew Yeats, a partner at Eco Arc, has seen the settlement flourish. “When I was an architecture student it was my thesis to design the concept of a sustainable eco-village,” he says. “Initially I went to Findhorn for six months, and ended up staying for six years. I’ve been working on the eco-village ever since.
“Originally, the community group bought a 35-acre caravan park and sought planning permission to change the use of the site to house permanent dwellings. The idea was to build a village that translated their ecological aspirations of being lighter on the Earth.
“The eco-village now has some of the most environmentally efficient buildings in Europe, with electricity produced from wind turbines and the ability to treat sewage. Residents grow a lot of their own food on site. They co-run a Rudolf Steiner school and a number of independent shops and businesses. It started with around 200 people but now there are more like 5,000 in The Park and in peripheral villages.”
The key to Findhorn Ecovillage’s success, says Yeats, is its appeal to those who have tired of the rat race: “A lot of people experience urban isolation or discontent with a city lifestyle. Being part of the community and living in a supportive environment is very attractive to many.”
While Eco Arc is responsible for 18 residential houses, there are about 100 in the development. They bear many shared qualities: individualistic design, brightly coloured cladding and timber frames more reminiscent of Scandinavia than the Scottish seaside.
“If you were to characterise the residential properties, they all have super-insulation and triple-glazed windows,” Yeats explains.
The village has also kept abreast with modern advancements. Eco Arc is to begin work on the first on-site Passivhaus this week, a strictly low-carbon-footprint template of housing inspired by German design credentials. It is to be the most northerly property built to Passivhaus standards in the UK.
“The clients are a woman and her daughter from London who have sold a small flat and wanted to build an eco-house to live in,” Yeats says.
Established properties in Findhorn Ecovillage come to market relatively infrequently (Cluny Estate Agents has recently accepted an offer on a four-bedroom bright orange house that was on the market for offers in excess of £400,000), but the preference within the settlement is for build your own. Even after employing the skills of specialist architects, prices are keen: Eco Arc has worked on projects beginning at £15,000 for a small roundhouse (now rented out through Airbnb from £40 a night), to a four-bedroom property costing £220,000.Brodgar and Skaill, Orkney An archipelago of 70 islands, Orkney is one of the UK’s earliest neolothic sites and has a number of ceremonial stone circles, tombs and settlements. Unsurprisingly, each year it attracts scores of visitors keen to discover more about its history. A number of sites have also been excavated in recent years, including the Ness of Brodgar in 2002, where annual digs have led experts to conclude that the islands were a hub for trade and worship in neolithic times.
Orkney is now home to a strong spiritual community living and working on its islands. Many are centred on the Mainland, the archipelago’s largest island, working in the craft and tourism industries around Brodgar, near the stone circle and the Unesco World Heritage Site, and Skaill, where the Skara Brae neolithic village was discovered in the 1920s. Many offer tours of Orkney’s most famous sites and stones, which can also be used as locations for weddings and blessings conducted by humanists.
The smaller islands are home to a number of significant sites. ASG Commercial is marketing a business package for offers of more than £950,000 on a clifftop site in Cleat, South Ronaldsay. It includes the Skerries Bistro, three holiday lets and a stone-built three-bedroom property. The star of the sale is the Tomb of the Otters, a recently discovered Stone Age chamber excavated in 2010 next to the bistro. In season, visitors can pay to visit the tomb, providing a steady flow of clients to the bistro.
In Harray, on the Mainland, there is a chance to continue Orkney’s historic ceramics industry, which dates from neolithic times. A pottery studio and shop is being marketed through Lows Solicitors for offers of more than £250,000. It includes the three-bedroom Fursbreck House, which has an office, dining room, kitchen and bathroom.
For house-hunters looking to enjoy the islands’ small communities, rather than to capitalise on their historic industries, Savills is selling a seven-bedroom property in the town of St Margaret’s Hope. Roeberry House features a snug, games room, library, two secluded gardens and a 150-year-old wood. Its price is available on application and it is close to the A listed Italian Chapel, built by Italian prisoners of war in the Second World War.Isle of Erraid, Inner HebridesAn experience quite unlike any other, the tiny Isle of Erraid, west of Mull, is home to a transient group of “caretakers” who are responsible for looking after its buildings and gardens for 11 months of the year. The island’s owners, a Dutch family, struck a deal with the Findhorn Foundation in 1977, and in exchange for being able to return for one month in the summer to enjoy Erraid, a small community of self-sufficient residents are permitted to live in cottages for lighthouse-keepers built by the Stevenson engineering dynasty at the start of the 20th century.
Residents adhere to traditional ways of living off the land, with a focus on growing fruit and vegetables, crop tending and herding Erraid’s native flock of Blackface sheep. Members subscribe to the principles of the Findhorn Foundation and promote mindfulness and connecting to the natural world.
There are about ten people on the island at any given time, with many moving on after about three years. Annual activities focus on a number of festivals where guests are welcomed to sample island life. While it is not possible to buy property on Erraid, membership to this uniquely Scottish existence is permanently open to new residents.
Sustainable Solutions for Troubled Times
Wow, we’ve clearly got an ecological mess on our hands… global warming, species on the brink of extinction, polluted water supplies and more.
Yet, if we put the miraculous, collective power of our hearts and minds together, we CAN solve these problems.
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Plus, we now have access to an abundance of cutting-edge technologies, effective community organizing platforms and revolutionary, life-giving ideas!
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Join us to discover these solutions and more at Earth Day Summit 2016! I will be one of the presenters, and I’d love for you to come show your support.
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April 22, 2016
I’m honored to be among 20+ esteemed environmental leaders, innovators, activists, scientists and ecologists who are offering a renewed sense of hope, step-by-step solutions for local and global action – and restored reverence for Mother Earth.
Other experts who are taking part include Starhawk, Kenny Ausubel, Vicki Robin, Chief Phil Lane, Jr., David Crow, Xiuhtezcatl Martinez and more. They will share their visionary insights and inspired actions for a healthy, sustainable and thriving planet.
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PrepperCon 2016 promises the celebrity speakers, classes, vendors and attractions that one might expect from one of the nation’s (which means the world’s) largest survival expo’s, but with creative and competitive twists.
This year’s PrepperCon features a number of competitions to hone survival skills and keep emergency preparedness fun. Events such as a Fear Factor-style competitive eating of taboo survival food sources, a knife fighting tournament, a prepper chef cook-off and archery tag.
I attended PrepperCon 2015, which I reviewed for Survivopedia readers. I learned (while being interviewed on a live and archived PrepperCon Radio show) that PrepperCon’s CEO read my review of the 2015 Expo and took some feedback into consideration for this show.
When I review something, I have to do so critically and honestly. Even if that something is great, like the 2015 show was, know that I will still let you know what could have been better. I will keep that in mind as I critique the 2016 show.
This year’s celebs are:
- Kyle Bell and his son Ben from the survival TV Show “Mountain Men”
- David Holladay has trained many of the primitive survival reality TV stars you likely watch now has his own show, “No Man’s Land” on the History Channel. I never thought I’d see him on a show because he has never been one to seek fame, is wise and has no doubt heard his students’ war stories of producers pressuring them to do things no one in their right mind would do, but the History Channel seems to be a very different channel form NatGeo and I can’t imagine R. Lee Ermey taking any crap from them, so I guess I can see that. David is one of the granddaddies of the primitive survival movement and one of the “Three Musketeers” who founded the Boulder Outdoor Survival School. The man is a world class primitive skills instructor who really lives the life.
- Doomsday Preppers: Tim Ralston, Braxton Southwick and Becky Brown – Last year, Becky commented on how NatGeo tried to cast her as a “crazy prepper.” Tim has come up with some notable inventions and innovations including the Crovel tool and the very cool survival model Motoped. Braxton has authored two books on survival and has been working the morning radio show circuit.
- America 2016 Julie Elizabeth Harman, the official PrepperCon spokesmodel
Last year’s event was creative with a survival fashion show, and costume events that you would expect to see at ComicCon, the comic industry event that helped inspire PrepperCon.
PrepperCon 2016 promises to be no less creative, with attractions I have not yet seen at other survival shows so I’ll give them high marks for originality. Now we will have to see how well they are able to execute these ideas and how they are accepted by the preppers who attend.
Attractions are slated to include:
- Home Invasion Training House
- Prepper’s Choice Survival Food Tasting Table
- National Guard Rock Wall
- Children’s Tsunami tank where kids can see how earthquakes generate waves
- Hurricane simulator where you can experience category 3 winds
Classes will cover some 35 survival and emergency preparedness subjects, covering a surprising spectrum topics. I will be among them, in an EMP Survival Q&A where a crowd will batter me questions about EMP survival for an hour beginning at 2:00pm on Friday. If you can’t come or miss my class, email at email@example.com and I would be happy to answer your EMP survival questions too.
Attendees have to buy a ticket to get in, but once they do, most of the classes are free … mine included. Check the website for other classes though because some classes, such as concealed firearm permit courses, have to charge fees and limit the number of students.
The spirit of competition is apparently alive and well in Utah, because several of the events are competitive in nature. There is nothing wrong with getting the blood pumping at an expo. I am curious to see how these work out and what the participation level is.
- Taboo survival food eating competition with David Holladay
- Knife Fighting Tournament
- Archery Tag Shooting Range
- Prepper Chef Cook-off
Vendors fill the balance of any exposition and far more registered this year than last year.
I am glad to hear that because the vendors provide a lot of value for attendees and it is a sign that both the survival/self-reliance movement and the market that it drives are health and growing. Many businesses provide deep discounts and giveaways at survival expos so they are an important draw.
As the survival industry grows, who knows … maybe YOU too can “fire your boss and give yourself a raise” and work at something you are passionate about. It is a risk to turn your hobby into a business, but it is enabling many preppers to realize dreams of relocation into a simpler and better life.
This article has been written by Cache Valley Prepper for Survivopedia.
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All the way from a remote mountaintop 6 miles from Crawford CO, Jeneve Rose Mitchell didn’t think she was ready to take her small-town voice to the biggest of stages, but the final season of “American Idol”has made the 15-year-old a national face.
Jeneve has lived for the past eight years in a straw bale home with no running water or electricity.
“We can’t get power lines up there,” she tells the TV audience, “so we use kerosene lanterns. Twice a week, during ‘American Idol’ season, we turn on a generator to get the TV going.”
Jeneve’s quiet corner of elk wilderness where she spends much of her free time training horses and playing music, is “definitely lonely sometimes,” she admits.
“Me and my mom and my dad pretty much fend for ourselves on our ranch. Sometimes we go (back)packing. We are big campers.”
Her mother, Jenny, is a heath care provider and operates a local family clinic. Jeneve’s father — who also serves as her vocal coach — is a carpenter. He built the family’s home by hand using straw bales and mud from the mountainside.
With a cello draped across her body — you’ll have to see it to believe it — Mitchell stood out in a crowd of nearly 10,000 this fall in Denver and was selected to play in front of “American Idol” judges Keith Urban, Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick Jr.
Not only did Mitchell secure a spot in front of the trio of musical stars, she’s also likely to appear in the premiere episode of the 15th and final season of “American Idol” airing Wednesday, Jan. 6, on Fox. The second night of the premiere airs on Thursday, Jan. 7.
In advance of the premiere, Mitchell spoke in a telephone interview about her decision to audition for the show, her musical background in Crawford and the rather unorthodox way she grew up watching “American Idol.”
Melinda Mawdsley: Thank you so much for your time. This is the final season of “American Idol.” I’m guessing that helped push you into an audition.
Jeneve Rose Mitchell: Yeah. I’ve always wanted to try out for “American Idol” but was going to when I was older and more polished, but since this was the last season, I decided to just go for it. I pretty much grew up watching “American Idol.” We turned on the generator up here just to watch “American Idol.” Otherwise, we don’t have power up here.
Mawdsley: Um, what? Where do you live?
Mitchell: I was born in Las Vegas and lived there until I was 7. My parents bought a bunch of property on a mountain near Crawford five years before I was born. My dad grew up near here. When I was 7 we moved here. When we moved here my mom had my dad build her a clinic.
Mawdsley: Is your mom in health care?
Mitchell: Yes, a primary care provider (at Needlerock Family Health Clinic.) There’s a lot of ranches around here and people get hurt a lot. (Jeneve Rose’s mother Jenny Mitchell is a family nurse practitioner and was nominated for the National Rural Health Practitioner of the year award in 2011, according to needlerockfamily.com.)
Mawdsley: Does your family ranch, too?
Mitchell: We have a ranch thing going on, mainly horse training.
Mawdsley: So you grew up singing around Crawford?
Mitchell: I got gigs around like at festivals or birthday parties, but nothing big at all. I was trying to advance in my career so I did some performances for my mom’s health clinic and did benefit concerts and raised about $15,000 for my mom’s health clinic.
Mawdsley: But you’ve never auditioned in front of a national audience before?
Mitchell: This is the first time I’ve ever done anything like this.
Mawdsley: Tell me more about the audition process. How many stages did you have to go to before appearing before the three judges?
Mitchell: Some people go through a cattle call, which is a couple months before you actually go to see the judges. Some people have their first audition through Skype or video. I did the cattle call. I went to a giant place and played for people one by one in Denver. That was July, maybe. I had to go through about four auditions in the cattle call spread out over two days. I sang different songs each time, but that was not required. I thought if the producers heard a couple different songs they would think that was cool.
Mawdsley: What did you sing?
Mitchell: For the first couple of auditions I sang “Chainsaw” by the The Band Perry. Then I sang “Boondocks” by Little Big Town.
Mawdsley: So you’re a country singer.
Mitchell: Yeah, but I change up my style a lot. … I was playing in front of producers, and they decided right there whether I was going to go on and see the judges. One of the producers said, “You are going to see the three famous judges.” I knew that it was going to go well, but I was just excited to be there.
Mawdsley: When did you audition before the judges?
Mitchell: It was in Denver in September.
Mawdsley: Obviously, people want to know, how were the judges?
Mitchell: Before I went to see the judges, I was really nervous. As I walked in there, they really were nice and they greeted me with a smile as I stepped in front of them and were really welcoming. They had a lot of good critiques, and I feel like they improved my musicianship just by going in front of them.
Mawdsley: Obviously, you can’t go into much detail about how the audition went, but how long were you in front of them?
Mitchell: I was in front of them, it felt like a long time. I actually did about three quarters of a song and three quarters of another song.
Mawdsley: How many times did you rehearse in front of the mirror before that audition?
Mitchell: I don’t really rehearse in front of the mirror, but I do a lot of practicing every day. I just practice at home. My dad is my vocal coach. I taught myself all the instruments I’ve learned. The more time I spend with them, the better I get.
Mawdsley: What do you play?
Mitchell: I play the strings: string bass, violin, cello, banjo, guitar and harp.
Mawdsley: You taught yourself all those instruments? Did you take one with you?
Mitchell: Yes. I took the cello to my audition. It was a blast. My dad made a strap so I can wear the cello like a guitar with a technique called chopping. It’s really groovy. It’s really hard to explain.
Mawdsley: I bet the judges hadn’t seen that before. Did you do special things with your voice in preparation, like really avoid sick people? Drink lots of water? Stop talking?
Mitchell: My voice, and I don’t know why, doesn’t tire out as easy as other people’s voices I see. Instead of stop talking, I try to talk smoothly. I drink lots of water, tea, chew on ginger. I really just tried to be routine, do warm-ups all the time, as much as I could. That’s pretty much it.
Mawdsley: Through all those years of firing up the generator to watch “American Idol” what stands out to you about the show? Why do you love it?
Mitchell: I really love that the judges in the past have always tried to support the contestants as much as they could and help them grow. People who have no background (in performance) but have a talent can have a chance to show it.
UK Utility company National Grid has been fined $3m (£2m) after safety failings caused a young boy’s canal death. National Grid owns a huge swathe of Utilities in the North Eastern United States as well as running UK electricity and water infrastructure.
Robbie Williamson, 11, from Burnley in Northern England, died while playing with friends April 2014. The schoolboy fell from an exposed pipeline he was using to cross the Leeds and Liverpool canal, into the water below. National Grid said, adding: “We put guards in place on the gas pipe shortly after the accident and also on other similar crossings throughout our network too.
“We contacted other utility companies to make sure they were aware of what had happened so that they could take action as well.”
Little Robbie was pulled out of the water by neighbour Peter Graham – a former Royal Artillery soldier – and rushed to Royal Blackburn hospital. He died later that day.
National Grid Gas PLC was ordered to pay a seven-figure sum after admitting at Preston crown court it had failed to properly protect the exposed pipeline from the risk of injury from falls.
Judge Mark Brown, sentencing, said the exposed pipe, 3m (9ft 8in) above the water over a concrete surface, was “an accident waiting to happen.”
Brown said: “The pipeline was likely to have been attraction to young boys such as Robbie and was likely to be dangerous when it was wet and slippery.” National Grid did nothing to prevent or deter access onto it, the judge said.
“There is no doubt in my mind that the terrible and tragic death of Robbie has had a deeply profound affect on his parents. There can not be anything worse in life than for a parent to lose their child at such a very young age,” Brown said.
National Grid pleaded guilty to breaching Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. Three boys were able to climb onto the 12in-diameter pipe from a ramped footpath because there had been no access prevention measures fitted. The company was ordered to pay £36,102.90 in costs.
The court had heard at first that National Grid Gas had a procedure for inspecting ground pipe crossings and requirements to block access to the structures. Yet records claimed that the pipe was buried in the bridge structure instead of being exposed – causing inspectors to miss the site and no access prevention measures to be fitted, such as steel “fans”.
Only maintenance work had been carried out on the pipe, in place alongside the bridge since 1903, but records had not been updated. Measures have since been put in place on the site to block access to the pipes.
National Grid said in a statement: “We’re deeply sorry for what happened to Robbie Williamson.”
The schoolboy’s father, Dean Williamson, 38, told The Lancashire Telegraph the loss of his son had had a devastating affect on the family. In a victim impact statement read to court, he said: “Christmas is a difficult time.
“People in the community talk about Robbie. I didn’t realise how many people knew him and loved him. I can’t face talking about what has happened – this tragic accident has changed our lives for ever.”
Ian Redshaw, an inspector at Health and Safety Executive, the regulators, said after the hearing: “This was a tragic accident which has had a devastating impact on Robbie’s family and friends.
“The company failed to assess the risks associated with this pipe to members of the public, and as a result they had not put in place any measures to prevent or deter access onto the pipe. This was a significant cause in Robbie’s death,” he added.
The health and safety inspector said there are hundreds of pipe crossings. In 2001 there was a case involving Yorkshire Water, in which a boy crossing a pipe broke a limb.
A company spokesman for National Grid said the expectation was that such pipes were guarded to prevent such accidents happening in residential locations where there are many people in the area.
UK Labor Leader comes out for Distributed Power
Says Britain must empower citizen suppliers and direct private investment into green technology
“This week world leaders have begun the final phase in their attempt to reach a deal to keep global warming below 2C. Such a deal would be an important step in the fight against climate change, even if it seems likely that the targets and mechanisms will not go far enough. But we need to look beyond Paris and ask ourselves more fundamental questions that the problem of global warming raises.
I believe that climate change is a problem of imagination — of the limits to our imagination. It cannot be solved unless we open up our imaginations, unless we begin to think, talk and act as if we cared about the future.
This means we must use our imaginations to ask: what would our world look like if we allow global temperatures to rise by 2-3C? It would be a world with a hostile climate: more of the storms, flooding and droughts we have begun to see over the last few decades. Events such as the flooding in Cumbria this week will become more frequent — these are entirely consistent with scientists’ predictions.
Moreover, if we do not turn back this government’s austerity drive, our weakened public services will not be able to cope with the consequences of such events. Despite Cameron’s pledge that “money is no object” in dealing with flooding, savage cuts to public services and flood defences have left people vulnerable. Yet again, this government has failed to deliver on its promises.
A world 2-3C warmer would also be a world of war, in which millions will be displaced and forced to migrate in search of peace and security.
We must imagine this world not because it is a remote possibility, but because unless world leaders are more ambitious in their aims — both in Paris and beyond — this will be the world that humanity has created for itself. The IMF has warned us: “Human fortunes will evaporate like water under a relentless sun if climate change is not checked soon.”
However perilously close we may be to this world, we must also imagine the world we want to create. That world is a more equal world, a more just world, and a world in which where you live is based on the quality of the air you breathe. It is a world in which businesses are producing products and services we cannot yet imagine, but with lower energy and operating costs.
We want a world where governments shape rules that promote public goods — where they protect the ultimate public good of a stable climate in which humanity can survive and prosper.
To do that, we need a state that invests. We need an entrepreneurial, nimble state that neither wages war with markets nor bows in their presence, but shapes them. It is the rules set out by the state that allows markets to flourish.
This means we can shape competitive markets and shape the goods they produce, so that we can all start making the right choices for our future. We need carbon budgeting to be the centrepiece of trade and commerce, taking the planet back to sustainable levels of CO2 emissions.
But governments should not be the only actors on the stage; they cannot achieve this world alone. All of us must remake the material world, together. We must be confident in the technology we have and the technology we can invent. We must get organised, harnessing the extraordinary powers of connectivity humanity has developed for itself.
All of this must be driven by democracy in the production of energy, following Germany’s lead, in which an energy market previously dominated by four big corporations has been transformed into one with two million citizen-suppliers. Democracy in developing energy jobs: three quarters of all jobs in Germany’s energy transition are now involved in turning homes into “energy-zero buildings”.
In the world we want, ordinary people, trade unions and businesses will have the power to shape the future they want, not just through government but because democracy is meaningful and real.
How do we get to this world? First, the transition must be just. Environmental politics must include people working in today’s economy. Governments must invest in the skills and technologies we need to take advantage of the millions of new jobs that the low-carbon sector can create, protecting working families in the transition.
Second, we must resist measures set out by our government that take us backwards. The Conservatives simply do not understand the huge opportunities that the low-carbon sector offers, or that investment and borrowing can enable future generations to contribute to the upfront costs of a fairer, greener world. They are blinded to simple economic logic: that now is the time to invest, when the cost of borrowing is as low as it ever has been.
Third, governments must not only commit public investment to cleaner energy and infrastructure, but channel private trillions too. They must use a range of policy levers to direct investment and shape markets.
Fourth, all of us — towns and cities, businesses and investors, activists and trade unions — must localise the production and consumption of energy. Already 6,500 towns and city regions in Europe have committed to becoming tomorrow’s sustainable cities. We must follow their lead.
I was elected on a message of hope. Call for the world you want; do not accept the one you have. This is a world we can create for ourselves: through our collective efforts, through democracy and investment.”
One of America’s greatest poets, Gary Snyder, made a rare appearance talking about his off-grid life in California. “I feel ancient, as though I had lived many lives,” he told the adoring crowd.
“If you can be on the grid, stay on it. It’s cheaper,” Snyder told his audience at Miami Book Fair. But he added, “There are lessons in solar panels and generators.”
Its strange advice given that Snyder been off the grid for 45 years and loves it. He is a prophet of the back to the earth movement and his most famous line from Turtle Island says: “Find your place on the planet. Dig in, and take responsibility from there.”
Snyder is something of a recluse, and when I once appeared at his front gate during a visit to the area, he gave me a dirty look and disappeared indoors.
He lives in an enchanted part of Northern California, down a dirt track next door to a private Bhuddist Temple he and a few friends built years ago. He once said: Meditation is not just a rest or retreat from the turmoil of the stream or the impurity of the world. It is a way of being the stream,so that one can be at home in both the white water and the eddies.
Meditation may take one out of the world, but it also puts one totally
I sat in the temple, imagining Snyder meditating there, and could not resist picking up the striker and apply it firmly to the huge bell. The tone that rang out was the purest I had ever heard and lasted a full minute.
In an echo of the VW emissions scandal, a Siemens power plant paid for entirely with public money was built on the basis of false claims about its energy saving potential.
Siemens claimed it would save Warren County NY at least $1.5m over 5 years. When a former Siemens employee questioned this, he was told he was not a team player.
A fraud investigation by the Warren County sheriff’s office found there was probable cause to charge a top county official with misconduct for his handling of the project, involving a cogeneration plant deal built by Siemens Building Technologies, based in Penn Plaza Manhattan.
Siemens is well known to be morally bankrupt. A 2008 investigation found Siemens’ culture of corruption extended far beyond the executive suite. As one investigator said “bribery was Siemens’ business model”. In fact, the company even had a handy accounting euphemism for its bribes: “nützliche Aufwendungen,” or “useful money”.
The Warren County investigation, which began in 2011 and ended earlier this year, determined that County Administrator Paul Dusek could be charged with official misconduct, a misdemeanor, for allegedly misinforming the county Board of Supervisors when he negotiated an energy-performance contract with Siemens in 2004, when he served as the county attorney, according to the sheriff’s department’s investigative file. The contract was tied to the cogeneration plant at the Westmount Healthcare Facility. As the county attorney at the time, Dusek was responsible for reviewing the contract and offering advice to the county board of supervisors on the agreement with Siemens.
However, Siemens intentionally overstated energy savings in the contract, and Dusek “repeatedly misrepresented his comprehension of Energy Performance Contracts to the board, other elected officials and the public,” according to a portion of the investigative report — about 150 pages — that was released by the sheriff’s department this week in response to a Freedom of Information Law request by the Post-Star newspaper in Glens Falls, which first reported the information.
In 2004, Warren County signed a contract with Siemens to finalize the building of the cogeneration facility designed to supply electricity to the Westmount Health Care Facility, the county’s former Social Services building and another annex. The cogeneration plant was installed at the county-owned Westmount nursing home in 2005. County officials celebrated the system as a money-saver at the time.
The equipment was fueled by natural gas purchased from National Grid, another energy company which has been exposed and fined for false accounting and overcharging consumers.
the equipment allowed the county to generate its own electricity for the nursing home and move the facility partially off grid. The equipment also generates heat used to warm the air and water inside the building.
The initial coast to build was $3.5 million and the county was expected to generate a savings of $1.5 million over the next 15 years, according to the documents. However, the figures were inflated to make it appear that Warren County was saving more than it actually was from the cogeneration plant, according to the sheriff’s department report. The records also revealed a former Siemens employee who questioned the savings was told he was “not a team player” and left the company because of the project.
The investigation determined that the energy savings reported by Siemens to Warren County were not accurate and “the Warren County Board of Supervisors entered into more than $10 million in Siemens‘Energy Performance Contracts’ as a result of the representations made to them by Siemens and… Dusek.”
Kevin Conine, a sheriff’s investigator, led the probe with assistance from the FBI and U.S. Attorney’s office. The investigation began after Queensbury resident Doug Auer, an engineer who criticized the deal, informed Conine about the alleged overstating of the energy savings. The investigators interviewed 32 current and former members of the board of supervisors and “none of the supervisors were told by … Dusek that he did not understand how Siemens measured savings, the fact would have affected the way they voted,” according to the documents.
Dusek, who was county attorney for 15 years before becoming county administrator in 2010, did not immediately respond to a request for comment Friday.
According to the sheriff’s files, investigators interviewed Dusek and he told them he “did not question Siemens promised-energy savings because he trusted Siemens.” Years after the deal, citizens and elected officials questioned the deal, but Dusek repeatedly defended it.
William P. Casey, who served as an engineer at Siemens, was also targeted in the police reports and investigators found what they described as probable cause to charge Casey with falsifying documents that listed the energy savings, according to the documents. Casey could not be reached for comment Friday. The report said Siemens could not be implicated in a fraud case because any statute of limitations had expired.
Siemens provided regular reports to the county board of supervisors claiming savings of as much as $300,000 a year, and the Albany engineering firm Clough Harbour & Associates provided a three-page report affirming the Siemens findings in April 2007. CHA and an accounting firm that reviewed the report were hired by Siemens to do the work, and CHA was a partner in designing the project. The police documents noted CHA was not an independent analyst because of its close ties with Siemens.
A Siemens engineer told the Times Union in 2005 that the company guaranteed the nursing home would save money each year from the cogeneration facility, or the company would write a check for the difference.
“It’s not smoke and mirrors,” the engineer said at the time.
The investigation characterized Siemens‘ alleged overstating of savings as “intentional deception.” Internal documents obtained by the investigators included a spreadsheet labeled “Contract $” with savings promised under the contract listed as $118,512. But another tab labeled “Actual $” calculated the savings at $68,262, according to the records.
In April 2014, the county hired a Boston-based engineering firm, EnerNOC, to independently analyze theSiemens contract and the firm disputed the savings calculations made by Siemens. In August 2014, the county health services committee conducted an independent review with a Queensbury accounting firm, McCarthy & Conlon LLP, and found the county was actually losing approximately $500,000 per year, according to the records.
In the face of the investigation, Siemens contends it met its commitments with the county.
“Siemens continues to believe that it has fully complied with its contractual obligations regarding the Westmount Health Facility cogeneration project,” the company’s spokesperson, Amanda Naiman, said in a statement. “Siemens disagrees with the conclusions in the Sheriff’s report regarding any allegation of wrongdoing, misconduct or impropriety by Siemens or its employees.”
Naiman also provided the Times Union with a letter that Siemens sent to County Attorney Martin D. Auffredou in May 2014 disputing EnerNOC’s audit, which said the audit relied on a fundamental misunderstanding about the terms of the performance assurance agreement with the county.
The records indicate Siemens was previously involved in a similar case and was ordered to pay a nearly $1.5 million settlement to the Binghamton school district for failing to provide energy savings it had contractually guaranteed.
The investigators examined any misconduct involving Warren County employees involved with the cogeneration plant. Hal Payne, who initially proposed the project in 2001 and served as the administrator of the Westmount facility when the cogeneration plant was approved, was treated to lunches or dinners on eight separate occasions, a NASCAR race and taken to Saratoga Race Course by Siemensrepresentatives, according to the sheriff’s report.
Payne did not respond to calls seeking comment Friday.
According to the records, Warren County District Attorney Kathleen B. Hogan wrote a letter to the state attorney general’s office in May requesting assistance with the case because she believed Dusek’s budgetary responsibility as county administrator presented a conflict with her office. The report said Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s office declined to pursue a criminal prosecution against Siemens, but may pursue the case as a civil investigation.
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